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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

ID This Tree...Please..

Last year about this time I found a small tree growing next to my Althea. The leaves were of
similar shape, color and texture. The one big difference through last winter was this new tree was growing and fast, while the Althea was going dormant. DH and I were so excited to see little white buds forming on this tree about a month ago. Not so excited when they never really made flowers. There are actually three trees in this photo, I am referring to the two trees to the right in this photo. The one to the very right w/o blooms is the Althea, Rose of Sharon. The one to the left with the little white sort of blooms is the tree I'm asking about. In one year this tree is slightly taller than the Althea. It's a cool tree, just not sure I am thrilled about the area it's taking up in my full sun garden...
DH and I are amazed at the Bees that are constantly swarming in this tree. Can anyone help me with information about this tree and it's name? Could it be a Privet in the Ligustrum Family?
DH bought me two Japanese Yew Trees off the distressed rack last weekend, 3 bucks a piece.

Does anyone have experience with this tree?
Now, I just need to find their forever homes...
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Today I am Thankful to be turning my attention back to my home and gardens.

27 comments:

Twisted Fencepost said...

I don't know what kind of tree that is. But I think I have the same kind here on the farm. And I love those fuzzy buds. Only problem is...it's not in a place that I can enjoy, like my yard. I'll get some pics and compare them with yours. Maybe I can find it in my tree book.

FlowerLady said...

I'll be interested in seeing what your unknown tree is too. ~ You got a great deal on your new plants.

Enjoy playing in your gardens.

FlowerLady

Susie said...

Not sure what the unknown is Darla. Love the yews. Can't believe you got em for 3 bucks. They don't look too stressed to me.

Antique ART Garden said...

Don't know the tree, but wanted to let you know that you and Flowerlady are married to the same man ! DH. She talks about him all the time too. Oh , that yew, I had a few of them, and they grow about the size of a large bush, sort of like a oleander bush...but not that large. Probably about 5 feet tall, is all mine did here in SC. Good luck on your id, Gina

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

Unfortunately I can't ID your tree. The yew is a very cool one. I don't have it but have seen them around. Should be easy to care for like most yews.

Floridagirl said...

Those Japanese yews (which I call Podocarpus) are quite common here in my neck of the woods...a good tough shrub for our area. I've seen them grow to massive tree-size proportions, with a huge trunk and a shady canopy. Quite beautiful actually. However, they're also easy to keep in bounds by constant shearing, and are usually planted as hedges. I have 5 or 6 planted in a tight row as a small hedging screen. They are in a spot where I have no choice but to keep shearing away.

Gail said...

Darla, I am stumped on the tree, but the flower sure looks familiar! Glad you can garden again! gail

Dragonfly Treasure said...

That tree is very intering with it's fuzzy blooms. Anxious to see if anyone knows what it is.

The Japanese yews, which I call Podocarpus, are great shrubs/trees! I love them. I have one I "let" grow over the back of my pond. It's huge. I love it partly because it is evergreen here and sheds litle. I have another I keep trimmed to a smaller size. I've seen them in my area used as shrubs (like in in store parking lots) shaped into hedges. A very versatile plant due to being able to shape/keep pruned to whatever size/shape you want. One of my fav plants for its easy care too.
Enjoy yours!
*hugs*deb

Patsy said...

I love it when things plant there self. One time a pink poppy showed up in my garden and I didn't plant it.

George said...

I'm afraid I can't help you identify your mystery tree, but I do want you to know that I think your husband got a couple of great bargains with those yew trees.

perennialgardener said...

Nope no idea what type of tree that is, hope someone is able to id it for you. Good luck with your Yews, never grown them before so I'll be interested to see how they do for you. :)

Dorothy said...

Sorry, I'm no help with the tree! Glad you have time to have fun in your garden again!

imac said...

All nice shots and flowery pics Darla

Betsy from Tennessee said...

No---don't know your tree--but it surely is pretty... Hope you find out what it is....

I've never had the Yew Trees either---so I'm just not much of a help today!!!!!

Have a wonderful Thursday.
Hugs,
Betsy

Martha (MM) said...

That's beautiful! I've sure missed visiting here to see all your pretty plants and flowers Darla. I miss the headbangers challenge too. Thanks for popping over to say hello. I hope all is well with you and the family!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I'm not familiar with that tree either.
I love the little yews, I'd love to find something evergreen like that for my yard.

Bren said...

WOW... I love the look of that Japanese Yew. I'm for sure going to keep my eye out for that next year.
Thanks so much for always being so supportive on my blog.

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Not sure of an ID for your freebie tree but I do have several Japanese Yews and they are great plants. They are relatively slow growers and will tolerate our Texas heat. They can be in full shade to sun. They grow well in containers and in the ground. I've got a couple planted in containers on the patio for year round color/texture and a couple in the garden. They add nice height without a lot of bulk. If you're looking for something to do well in a shallow bed, this may be your plant!

Lola said...

I'm no help in IDing the mystery tree. Hope you get an answer.
Love the bargains.

Grace Peterson said...

Darla Dear, I've got a Yew. It's a slow grower low maintenance great plant.

Mystery tree is a mystery to me.

Love your header!!

Karen said...

Darla, I will add to the 'don't know' votes, sorry for not being a help. And your DH did get a great deal on those yews! Carl wants to keep looking for new trees this year too, but I told him to give the ol' gal a break (me) and let me just put this garden to bed before the snow flies.

Love the mystery tree though!

NanaK said...

Well, Darla, I'm going to give the mystery tree a shot. Try this link for "groundsel tree."

http://alabamaplants.com/Whitealt/Baccharis_halimifolia_page.html

Yours seems to have a much nicer shape to it than most of the pictures for this bush/tree so I may be off-base with my guess. But I can't stand an unsolved mystery:)

sweetbay said...

NanaK is right, that's a Groundsel Tree. Warning: native but seeds in like crazy!

Greenearth said...

Don't know the tree but do love your garden images.

mary said...

I think your mystery tree with the fuzzy white flowers is called Sweet Baccaris; it grows wild here and there where I live (in southeast Mississippi)and I have looked at pictures in books and online trying to obtain an identification. Usually a search in Plant Files at davesgarden.com will give you an aswer.

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OMG! How beautifull. I would like to paint some of it. How colourfull.

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