Shrub ID Please...

graycamAugust 7, 2009


Can someone please ID this shrub? I've seen a few around and would like one.

Sorry for the pic qty - from a blackberry.

Shrub is about 4 ft tall, leaves about 3 cm, and tiny pink/fucschia flowers.

Thanks so much.

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Sorry - wasn't presented with a file upload option. Images can be found here (2 pics)

Here is a link that might be useful: 2 Pics of Shrub

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 11:15AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Looks like it could be a Rhaphiolepis indica (Indian Hawthorn), but the picture quality is so bad I really can't tell. A clearer picture might be necessary for positive ID, or you could review the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Google Images of Rhaphiolepis indica

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 11:34AM
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It is escallonia -- from the size of the plant and the flower color, I'd say Escallonia 'Newport Dwarf'.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 12:37PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

My inability to read is one thing (re another thread in the tree forum), but I know my eyes aren't that bad. How did you make that ID for certain from two picture that are so blurry? I know what Escallonia looks like, but I sure wouldn't be able to make that ID from what I saw. It's certainly a good possibility, but I wouldn't bet any more on it being that than something else.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 1:57PM
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Because the leaf arrangement, size, shape and the flower form/color match. It's an extremely common shrub in these parts and I sell dozens at the nursery. And it looks nothing like Raphiolepis:-)

If you enlarge the thumbnails, it is easier to see. And I didn't think the photos were all that blurry, considering they were taken with a blackberry.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 2:41PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

When I enlarge the photos, I can't make out anything about leaf arrangement and very little about flower form/arrangement. As a matter of fact, right after I saw your post, I looked back at the pictures to see if the flower form matched Escallonia. I couldn't/still can't tell. I guess we're looking at the same pics...

If you're sure you're sure, then I believe you.

(rubbing eyes and trying to focus)

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 3:18PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Actually, there is plenty enough discernible to see it is one of the dwarf escallonia cultivars. These are on the tender side, the plantings in the yard across the lane from me north of Seattle were nearly killed by this last winter. The ones I had planted here on Camano got pulled out this summer.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2009 at 12:53AM
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Yes, certainly vulnerable to a winter like the one just past in this area. However, I've seen as many survivors as I've seen those that didn't make it. Siting will play a factor as will soil condition -- it is my unscientific opinion that soil that is very well draining will increase the likelihood that many so-called tender plants will survive a rough winter. I had a very interesting discussion on this subject yesterday with the owner of a local nursery specializing in Mediterranean plants, many of which are marginally hardy for this area. She firmly believes and it's been her experience that very well drained soil can increase cold tolerance by a full hardiness zone for selected plants. Considering what she's got growing in what is essentially a bit of a local cold pocket, I'm inclined to give some weight to this theory.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2009 at 10:30AM
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