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Old 05-27-09, 10:42 AM   #1
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Landscapers/Gardeners--Plant ID Needed

My GF got my mom a plant for her birthday, but it did not come with any care or ID tags. I haven't had a chance to go to the local garden center yet, but was hoping I could count on some of you wonderful people to name that plant.

It's abt 2 ft. tall with small red flowers with 5 petals and two kinds of leaves. One leaf is a hastate shape and the other is more linear.
I appreciate any help so we can figure out where to plant it--direct sun, partial sun, shade, etc.
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Old 05-27-09, 12:02 PM   #2
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I just asked a budy of mine and he is suggesting some type of Oleander. He also suggests full sun.

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Old 05-27-09, 01:50 PM   #3
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Oleandars have elongated lanceolate leaves (long and pointy). Have never seen a tri lobed leaf on an oleander.

I know I have seen it, but cannot recall common name.
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Oleandars have elongated lanceolate leaves (long and pointy). Have never seen a tri lobed leaf on an oleander.

I know I have seen it, but cannot recall common name.
I don't know what that is, but it does not look like any Oleander I have ever seen.
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Thanks for the help. The flowers and color/texture of the leaves do resemble the oleander. There are about two or three pretty distinct shapes to the leaves on the plant.

It has been sitting in a pot in pretty full sun for a few days now waiting to be planted and it's doing well. I guess we'll try to plant in a similar situation.
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Old 05-27-09, 07:04 PM   #6
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Looks like poison ivy to me.
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I'd guess something from the Ericaceae family - which doesn't really narrow it down a lot. It looks to me like there are some similarities for Rhododendrons or Azaleas, but it doesn't seem to be one of them.
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The woody stem and the largish leaves would seem to indicate to me that is may be a more shade tolerant plant. If you notice in nature, many plants that grow in shade have very large leaf surfaces, while more sun tolerant plants have smaller leaves. Not always the case, but a decent rule of thumb.
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I also agree with the similarities to rhododendron. Pulled out an old college text and still am drawing blanks, but all my plant experience is with landscape plants of the south, specifically Texas.
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It doesn't look like a rhody to me. Leaves on rhody's are oblong and entire and leathery. And, from the color of the leaves, I'd agree with jsharr on the shade tolerant. Looks the like the leaf in the one photo is burnt a bit. Partial sun might be ok, or, indirect sun.

I know this is totally incorrect, but from the photo I can't help but think of milkweeds, Asclepias spp.

You'll know if it's getting too much sun; new leaves will be a lighter green than the older ones, and/or older leaves might get paler or even die.
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Could be some tropical plant. They are often sold as gift-type plants. I don't know what it is.
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Can you do us all a favour, and count the stamens? Also, when you scratch the 'bark', does it secrete any latex (white milky sap)?
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From the pics I'd guess either a Passion Vine (best guess) or some type of Fushia. Would be better to have a close-up picture of a flower than a leaf to make a proper ID.
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From the pics I'd guess either a Passion Vine (best guess) or some type of Fushia. Would be better to have a close-up picture of a flower than a leaf to make a proper ID.
I'll get a better pic of the flowers tomorrow. Thanks for all the help.
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It doesn't look like a rhody to me. Leaves on rhody's are oblong and entire and leathery. And, from the color of the leaves, I'd agree with jsharr on the shade tolerant. Looks the like the leaf in the one photo is burnt a bit. Partial sun might be ok, or, indirect sun.

I know this is totally incorrect, but from the photo I can't help but think of milkweeds, Asclepias spp.

You'll know if it's getting too much sun; new leaves will be a lighter green than the older ones, and/or older leaves might get paler or even die.
I wasn't claiming it was a rhododendron. I think it's in the same family though (taxonomically speaking).

No way that's a milkweed. The stem and flower are all wrong. Milkweed leaves are also not lobed, and are partly glossy on one side, and fuzzy on the bottom.
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No way that's a milkweed. The stem and flower are all wrong. Milkweed leaves are also not lobed, and are partly glossy on one side, and fuzzy on the bottom.
These leaves are thick and leathery, definitely not fuzzy on the bottom.
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I think the person suggesting fuschias was correct.

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Stem and leaf structure is all wrong for a fuschia and that pic above is of a redbud tree, Cercis Canadensis, not a fuschia.
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