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Feb 21, 2014 12:40 PM

Please help ID a shrub/tree

Hi,

This appears to be frost sensitive so may be (sub)tropical. Any help much appreciated!

The photos hopefully show the leaves, stem/branch and some emerging flower buds(?).

There are about 4, 5cm diameter trunks that have died back and these are new shoots/trunks that have grown from the base over the last year.

cheers

Mike

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    Feb 21, 2014 2:24 PM (in response to mikelowndes)
    Re: Please help ID a shrub/tree

    Mike,

     

    Some thoughts...

     

    From the die-back, the flower buds and the entire, opposite leaves, I am thinking Phygelius or Fuchsia, but I can't find a species that fits (there are some tree-stature Fuchsias).

     

    Your photos show some of the key features, but an open flower might help...

     

    ...Frustrating...!

     

    Mike

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    Feb 24, 2014 9:56 AM (in response to mikelowndes)
    Re: Please help ID a shrub/tree

    Hi Gents,

    apologies for the delay in responding. the shrub is Criniodendron hookerianum (Elaeocarpaceae). The developing flower buds are very distinctive indeed. Its from Chile and is reasonably hardy but does get caught by frosts as the young foliage and developing flowers are forming at the coldest part of the year. It prefers an acid soil and a reasonably humid environment - mine suffers most through getting too dry in summer.

     

     

     

    P1040969.JPGThere is a rather pretty pale pink flowered form in cultivation too called "Adele Hoffman" (if I remember rightly)

     

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    Best wishes

    Fred

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