Flowering Shrub ID Help

farmboy1(5)May 20, 2013

I have this small shrub in my yard in a partly shaded north facing area. I'm wondering what it might be? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

vince

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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Mollis Azalea perhaps? Looks like it's suffering from your
limey Illinois soil. Acid plant food might help. If it's next
to your concrete foundation that makes the alkalinity worse.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 11:09AM
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farmboy1(5)

Thanks, that does look like the images I'm finding now that I know what to search for. It is next to the old limestone foundation. I've been wanting to get some soil test kits, and I appreciate the info.

vince

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 11:28AM
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kaliaman

yes it should be moved away from the foundation and fed according to to salt cedar's recommendation. use plenty of well rotted organic matter in the planting hole for a happy plant. a steady supply of moisture is essential too, dry roots is the kiss of death for this one, very drought sensitive.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 11:49AM
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farmboy1(5)

More great info, thanks again! It is on the north facing side of the house, mulched in good soil and somewhat sheltered from the western winds but still gets afternoon sun from 12-7 or so. I'll make sure to test the soil and keep a closer eye on the moisture.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 12:01PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Probably not a Mollis type with those flowers.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 6:38PM
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farmboy1(5)

Hmm, I'm always impressed with bboy's replies, so maybe it isn't a Mollis. But the flowers do look pretty close to what Google finds when I search for images. Maybe a hybrid of some type?

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 10:26PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

is this one you dragged around with your truck.. or was it there forever ...

if those are brilliant orange flowers.. compare at link .... exbury azalea

i have a bag of hollytone.. which i put around my two .. and one rhodie ...

this one is not all that aggressive ... mine have been at about 2 to 3 feet for 12 years ...

and though i am loathe about planting that close to a foundation.. i doubt the thing will ever get much bigger ...

they are rather the foo of the foo ... and i wouldnt move it .... but if you insist.. when dormant ... as it is deciduous.. at least for me in MI ....

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 7:47AM
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farmboy1(5)

Ahh, my savior replies....

It's tough to compare the flowers exactly, but it does also look like an Exbury Azalea. I think either way it's an Azalea, and it's been there since before I bought the house 3.5 years ago.

And I've no interest in moving it, so it's time to get me a big bag of that stuff you call Hollytone, and it'll probably also make my rhodies perk up a bit too.

Thanks!

vince

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 10:56AM
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