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28/05/2013 at 20:38

Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and was wondering if someone could help identify this lovely plant? It was given to me by a family member who got it from someone else and none of us know what it is. Thanks!!


28/05/2013 at 20:44

I might be way off mark here but it looks like a very pale Bay tree to me.

28/05/2013 at 20:45

looks like a Camellia although it looks a bit under the weather.

28/05/2013 at 20:47

Calcifuge in limey soil?

I don't know my acid lovers but would say this is one of them. Growth style wrong for a bay I reckon KEF

28/05/2013 at 20:48

Skimmia Japonica, almost certain. Anyone else ?

28/05/2013 at 20:48

It does look as if it needs a good feed- as the leaves are very pale. Hard to say what it is without any other info. Maybe it'll be clearer when it'sperked up a bit!

28/05/2013 at 20:49

..I think it's a sickly Skimmia Japonica... feed with sequestrine or suchlike...

28/05/2013 at 20:49

It has that yellow sick look I associate with the skimmia WW

28/05/2013 at 20:49

Yeah Nut, thought that after I'd posted, leaves fit, but shape wrong, got giddy thought I knew one!

28/05/2013 at 20:50

It's the colour that put you off KEF

28/05/2013 at 20:52

Thanks everyone! It is definitely a Skimmia after looking it up on Google images, because I recognise the flowers from last year (before it became all sick and yellow ). I will now make it my mission to bring back to life, if possible! Salino, thanks for hte tip to feed with sequestrine!


28/05/2013 at 20:52

We should be kinder here. Cheryl likes this plant. Sorry Cheryl

28/05/2013 at 20:55

Cheryl I think you can assume this is a Skimmia Japonica that needs your TLC, namely some iron sequestrene or epsom salts so that it can feed on the nutrients in the soil. I would also give it a good drink and a mulch. With luck it may get some red berries, altho' the flowers are v. insignificant.

28/05/2013 at 20:55

Skimmia. Definitely and not a very happy one sadly..

Is it in a sunny site? They like a damper,shadier spot so maybe think about moving it if you can Cheryl. 

28/05/2013 at 20:57

It looks like the Skimmia family - I think the leaves look about right colour , I have several differant ones some have dark green leaves others they are same as yours . They are a slow grower , yours was the size of mine 12 yrs ago which I inherited when we moved into this property . It now is 3ft and about the same spread. hope this helps

28/05/2013 at 21:25

Fairygirl - Yes it is against a sunny south-facing fence. Oh dear. Will it survive there or do I definitely have to move it? I don't have any other suitable site at the moment, but I could put it back in a pot and move to a shadier site.

28/05/2013 at 21:47

I'd get it in the shade Cheryl. It's not a real acid soil only plant like a rhododendren but it doesn't do well on alkaline soils. Might be worth doing 50/50 ordinary compost and ericaceous to get it going well. Then unless you have very alkaline soil you could try it in the garden when you have a space.

01/06/2013 at 01:48

Check it for scale insects too as when they're poorly they're prone to infection by scale.  They look like brown waxy bumps or 'pimples' on the stems and underside of leaves.  You'll probably have to spray with a pest killer to get rid of it.

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