Need help identifying this plant with Apple like fruit

angelathefirst(9)July 14, 2014

Hi, I've no idea what this plant is. I have a little boy so want to find out if the fruit is poisonous or not. Thanks

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lazy_gardens

Take leaves and fruit to a local nursery.

Or at least tell us where you live!

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 10:26AM
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angelathefirst(9)

I live in England, South West

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 10:29AM
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colleenoz

Looks like a quince to me.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 10:33AM
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RugbyHukr(23)

Me too. Chaenomeles speciosa

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 10:35AM
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aswhad(belgium-europe)

the leaves look like Camelia to me, but i've never seen the fruits of Camelia...

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 10:55AM
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dreamgarden(z6)

Looks like quince to me as well. We have a large tree in our yard that I used to think was an apple tree. Now I'm thinking its a quince! It is about 15 feet high. Last year it produced a good amount of fruit that was eaten by the deer, crows and squirrels. They left me a single fruit that was as large as a grapefruit. It wasn't quite as sweet as an apple but it was still tasty.

Here are two links that may answer some of your other questions.

Links that might be useful:

http://deliciousdays.blog.com/2012/04/09/learn-about-the-characteristics-and-uses-of-quince-fruit/

http://www.gardeningblog.net/how-to-grow/quinces/

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 10:58AM
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angelathefirst(9)

Thanks for your help. Just moved house, we have had to get rid of a few poisonous plants already.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 11:18AM
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angelathefirst(9)

Just looked at camellia fruits, it looks like it could be that! I will see how it develops. Thanks again for all the help and advice

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 11:23AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Camellia japonica. It's evergreen, right?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 12:31PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

They are Camellia fruit. Even without the fruit there's no question.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 12:56PM
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donkeymom

Pic is from a park near Sacramento, CA

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 1:40PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Yep, Camellia japonica pods. They will turn brown as they ripen, and split open at those seams you see. If wanting to grow camellias from seed, they must ripen and dehisce on the plant; this will happen in the fall. Camellia breeders will bag the capsules while ripening in order to ensure the prompt collection of the seed. They're fussy.

I've put seeds in a baggy with moist sheet sphagnum and put them in the fridge until spring. When I pulled them out, every single one had germinated in the moss and was ready to plant! So much fun.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 2:21PM
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