Shrub ID Help

hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CAMay 2, 2010

I am trying to ID this large shrub I have in my yard. I have about 10 of them, trained as sort of flat trees/espaliers in front of my metal fence. It reminds me of a Photinia, which all this reddish bronze new leaf growth, but it has a different leaf. Any help much appreciated:

Patty S.

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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Pix plz.

Dan

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 9:38AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Dan,
I do have photos. 3 of them in my post. Can you not see them? I can see them.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 9:39AM
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esh_ga

I can see the pictures. The leaves are strongly serrated. There is more than one type of Photinia - I suspect this is a Photinia, but perhaps just not the usual one we call "red tip" (Photinia x fraseri).

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 9:58AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Thanks, esh ga. I think it might be, too, and I know there are several varieties of Photinia out there, but in searching the Internet, I sure can't find one that looks like this. I do have 4 o4 5 Photinia fraseri around my propane tank, growing up as a screen, which I very close to this unknown shrub, so I can easily compare the two. Leaves are very, very different, though. Besides the obvious differences in leaf edge (smooth versus serrated), the leaf on this shrub is much larger, and not as thick and leathery as the fraseri.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 10:03AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

That's a very cool-looking shrub! Maybe a 'Coppertone' Loquat? Just a wild guess.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 12:31PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

How about Eriobotrya deflexa (Bronze Loquat) ?

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 12:36PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

I can't see pix in FF, can in IE.. Loquat.

Dan

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 12:55PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

That's it, Dave. Bronze Loquat! Thanks all for figuring out it was a loquat of some sort, and to Dave for identifying the variety. I want to add about 6 or 7 more around the back of my yard. They are so striking. And, they love it here, which is half the battle :-)

Patty S.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 2:37PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

People try them here but I see little indication of them being able to last. We do have older, larger E. japonica in this area - although cold damage was pretty dramatic in 1990.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 11:11PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Down there, bboy, they are like rhodie up there or butterfly bush in OR. Almost ubiquitous.

Dan

    Bookmark   May 4, 2010 at 10:05AM
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