Mysterious rooted cutting from flower arrangement

cheekypanda13(7)December 2, 2012

Hi, my grandmother got a flower arrangement from her church when she broke her ankle. They stayed there for a while with no water change or anything and all of them turned black except this one so I was like, "Oh, that's neat!" and I took it home with me. It's been kind of abused already and the roots were blackish when I planted it so I doused them in rooting hormone, potted it and hoped for the best. The leaves still look fine so time will tell. What in the world is this? It looks like some kind of woody shrub but I don't know.

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Aucuba japonica?

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 12:27AM
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It looks very similar. It looks like the Variegata cultivar. The only thing throwing me off is the toothed edge. It looks like some of them have it and some of them don't. What a confusing plant. Thanks for your quick answer.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 2:42AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Aucuba japonica Variegata cultivar. Toothed edges are normal.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 8:45AM
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Yep, I just noticed. First I looked it up and Wikipedia and they looked smooth there, but then I saw pictures on Dave's Garden and they were all toothed. Thanks guys!

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 5:38AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I don't know what your climate is like but it could well be hardy in your zone.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 10:09AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It's true that Aucuba may be cold hardy for cheeky, flora, but it makes a very good indoor plant. It should be used for that purpose more than it is.

Cheeky, what is your general location? I live in a zone 7 climate; Aucuba (plain green and the variegated cultivars) do very well here in the landscape if you are interested in a pretty shrub for dappled or light shade. If not, enjoy it in a bright location in your home.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 1:27PM
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I live in zone 7, but in an apartment. I can't decide if I like it enough to keep it as a houseplant but I'll see if it grows on me (horrible pun intended). If not I'll see if my mom wants it and if not I guess I could try to trade if for something else if anybody else wanted it or I guess I could give it away. Man, I feel bad talking about it behind it's back like this. It's like it's right over there staring at me like, "Don't do it man." But I'll see if it makes it and starts putting on roots before I speculate too much.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 2:50PM
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