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I just wonder if it's a croton. If you look that up the leaves in some of the photos do look similar, substantial and waxy and some with a similar shape. A possibility anyway!
If they came straight out of the soil with little root it's very likely vine weevil. Dig deeper in the pot and you'll probably find the nasty things. Throw it all away - but not on to the compost heap!
It certainly isn't now! It's really getting going.
- but doesn't chilli powder keep the birds away too?
Thank you so much for that, I've written down the name so never to be forgotten! I also thought hibiscus but the petals are a little more floppy. I'd love one here too but I have to keep an eye on it via Skype! Thank you.
Can anyone out there identify this for me please? This is an shrub growing in Melbourne in my daughter's yard and I picked this in September, so their winter. I haven't been able to find anything in books or on sites.