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Request Identification: is this a camelia or something else...

Posted by Joemir none (My Page) on
Sun, Dec 8, 13 at 22:49

I found this plant ~7 feet behind my walnut tree(black walnut rootstock with english walnut graft) growing and couldnt figure out what it is. the leaves are in alternating pairs of leaves two at each node with new sets at the base of thge leaf.the edges of the leaves are lined in tiny green spines. it look to me similar to a camelia or a rhodedendron but i dont know for sure i was wondering, at this phase of development if anyone could help me I would really apreciate it! :D thanks


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RE: Request Identification: is this a camelia or something else..

I forgot to mention i live in sonoma county california zone 9b according to usda, also heres a further away shot of it.


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RE: Request Identification: is this a camelia or something else..

Well, it isn't a camellia or a rhododendron. But I can't tell you what it is, I'm afraid. It has vague resemblances to fuchsia or Viburnum tinus but doesn't really fit either, especially considering your remark about the spines. I imagine it is also a little atypical through lack of light and looks ganglier that it should.


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RE: Request Identification: is this a camelia or something else..

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Dec 9, 13 at 13:57

Looks generally like laurustinus, maybe the "spines" are hairs. That's one of the shrubs you'd expect to pop up occasionally around there, as it is so prevalent in west coast plantings and I have seen seedlings up here also.


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RE: Request Identification: is this a camelia or something else..

Well, if bboy has a similar hunch I'll firm up my suggestion - an etiolated Viburnum tinus aka Laurustinus. Flowers in the winter - in bloom round here right now.


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RE: Request Identification: is this a camelia or something else..

floral uk, you are too much! Are you a botanist, landscape designer? or such?


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RE: Request Identification: is this a camelia or something else..

None of the above.


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