what type of plant

jazer80August 21, 2014

My aunt gave me this cutting from her tree but we both don't know the name of this beauty.

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tolumniamatt

Rubber Tree or Rubber Plant
Ficus elastica

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 7:09PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Did this cutting come from a tree growing outside in Z7? It would more likely be Magnolia grandiflora. F. elastica wouldn't be hardy, but could have come from a potted house plant. If the latter, that could explain why it looks like it's getting sunburned.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 9:28PM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

Def. not Magnolia - looks like a rubber plant to me as well.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 12:09PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

It's definitely a rubber tree. Magnolia leaves don't grow that large.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 12:13PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

The new leaf forming at the apex and leaf arrangement on the stem gives it away and pretty much seals the deal as F elastic.

Al

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 12:20PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

OK, TY, Carol, Zackey & Al. I rescind my suggestion of Magnolia.

The leaves on a M. grandiflora tree in my Mom's yard are about the same size as those, which look about 5-6" to me in this pic. F. elastica is not hardy in Z7, so my suggestion was dependent upon the preceding question about whether or not the tree was growing in the ground outside.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 2:19PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

No need to explain. Something similar happens to me all the time. I ask a question so I can be sure to give the best answer, and while waiting for the answer someone assumes what I was asking about to be the case and steals the thunder. I'm 100% sure that had you rec'd an answer to your question before we jumped all over it, you'd have concluded Ficus e. You're too careful about your credibility for me to think otherwise.

Al

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 3:25PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

TY. I do like to follow up with rescinding a suggestion if I've jumped in, then later agree it's not what I suggested, so the OP has a unanimous response, no nagging doubt on my behalf. The only thing wrong with being wrong is on the occasion of being unable to own it.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 4:38PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

It would make a nice house plant in a sunny window and you could put it outside in the summer. I had one years ago and it was very easy to take care of.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 8:20PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

if its planted in front of that wall.. i wonder if it might not get fried in sun ...

perhaps its there.. just for the pic ...

ken

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 8:54AM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I'm sorry if I offended anyone. I was just stating my thoughts.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 11:52AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I don't think that's even in the realm of possibility, Zackey. Smiles!!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 8:18AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

dont give it another though zack ...

in fact.. if you hadnt of said that.. i wouldnt have even went back to see what the issue is ... and i dont see one ..

keep on guessing ... it fun ... sometimes you.. me.. miss the ID .... so what ...

ken

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 8:44AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

No apologies necessary here - & FWIW, it's not the size of the leaves that appears so different from magnolia - it's the shape & texture:

Magnolia

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 11:11AM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I've missed several ID's. That's how I learn. It's more fun than going to school ever was. I see your point, Carol. I knew the answer right away because I had one and I used to sell plants.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 12:55PM
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tolumniamatt

No part of Los Angeles is in USDA zone 7. I'm not familiar enough with the Sunset magazine climate zones (1-24) to know what zone 7 is if that is what she's using.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 3:17PM
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