Evening, we've moved into a new house and we are struggling to identify this tree. My friend thinks it's a Rock Rose. Please help, it's driving us crazy! I'm told the flowers are small white ones.
It is not a rock rose (Cistus). Lots of vague possibilities going through my head - Daphne laureola (wrong size), Aucuba (non-spotted; not right), Camellia (flowers wrong), Pieris, Prunus lusitanica, Rhododendron, Ilex, Viburnum, Stransvesia - none of them fit. Could really do with flowers and/or fruit. There might be some old fruit (could be berries) on the ground from last year; even if brown and wizened, it might help...
Yes, please do.
Another thought occured to me today: Myoporum laetum.
There are some similarities in leaf, and it has small white flowers.
But I'm not sure it would be hardy enough to survive long enough to grow to that size in the UK (it is rated in the old zone-9, meaning down to -5C).
I'm just thinking out loud really; I don't think it is close enough to yours.
Well, I'm surprised, but it seems to be a Cistus after all.
There are quite a lot of hybrids/cultivars, so it might be difficult to pin it down for sure, but some possibilities are:
- Cistus x dansereaui 'Decumbens'
- C. x aguilarii `Maculatus’
http://www.perryhillnurseries.co.uk/catalogue/shrubs/cistus/ (top of the list)
- C. labdaniferus (leaves not right?)
- C. x purpureus 'Alan Fradd'
To get a firmer idea of which Cistus, you might have to get in touch with the registrar for Cistus. ...Who might tell you that some of the cultivars are indistinguishable. That happens with some groups of plants, because the regulation over cultivar names it not as tight as it might be (though it is much better now than a few decades ago, for groups that have registrars). On top of species, hybrid, and cultivar names there are trade names, which go to further the confusion. The bodies that try to bring order to this arena are:
- Hortax, which oversees The International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN) and The International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (ICNCP) - http://www.hortax.org.uk/nomenclatural-codes.html. That page sums up the situation.
- The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), who oversee the ICRAs (see below).
There is a worldwide network of International Cultivar Registration Authorities (ICRAs), which play a vital role in promoting uniformity, accuracy and stability in the naming of cultivated plants. It is a non-statutory, voluntary process that benefits the whole horticultural community. ICRAs are appointed by the International Society for Horticultural Science through its Commission for Nomenclature and Registration
Most important horticultural genera are covered by an ICRA and a full list of these can be found as Appendix I of the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants - 2009. Listings are available online.
The ICRA for Cistus is the American Public Gardens Association