Horticulturist (Me) needs strange plant identifcation

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Post  Gary Swiech on Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:39 pm

A Horticulturist by trade and Bonsai enthusiast since 1975, I have never seen this plant before and hope someone can identify it.

• Leaves, simple, 3 lobed

• Stem, tomentose (hairy),

• Branching, alternate


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Post  David Brunner on Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:50 pm

Hello Gary - have you looked into Rubus?  Rubus odoratus and Rubus parviflorus both have simple alternate leaves on pubescent stems.  They generally have five-lobed leaves instead of three-lobed, but I do see a couple of the leaves on your plant which are five-lobed or nearly so.  Of course this would be much easier if you had flowers.  

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Post  M. Frary on Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:41 pm

Raspberry.

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Post  Gary Swiech on Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:22 pm

Thanks guys but I have Rubus odoratus and Rubus parviflorus growing in the back of my yard. The leaves are not as hairy on this plant.

The Arbor day foundation sent me a bunch of seedling in the Spring and this was one of them. I'll have to give them a call when I get a chance. It's supposed to be a tree of some sort.
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Post  Leo Schordje on Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:38 pm

Its a rare day when the identity of a tree stumps Gary. And it stumps me too. I'm thinking something like a member of the Virginia creeper / Boston ivy family, but not either one of those species.

There is a Viburnum with maple like leaves, Viburnum acerifolium, but it has an opposite leaf pattern, not alternating. So it ''ain't no viburnum'.
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Post  Gary Swiech on Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:28 pm

I sent the photos to the Arbor Day Foundation, the source of the plant and they don't even know what it is! Still searching.
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Post  Andre Beaurain on Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:00 am

I think it is a type of Hibiscus, but don,t know which one, there are hundreds of Hibiscus species.

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Post  Andre Beaurain on Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:03 am

Also called Mallows....
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Post  Gary Swiech on Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:56 pm

By golly you may have hit the jackpot Andre!

They are not cold hardy where I live but I did put them in my Winter Bonsai House so it should survive.

I'll do some checking.

We used to grow Hibiscus in the Chicago area when I lived there.

Thanks Andre B.
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Post  Gary Swiech on Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:23 pm

It is not a Hibiscus.
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Post  AlainK on Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:02 am

Why don't you post a message on the UBC?

There's a section "Plants: Identification" and I'm sure you'll get the answer there:

http://forums.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/forums/plants-identification.38/
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Post  Andre Beaurain on Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:15 pm

Another Mallow.... Abutilon?

How did you misclassify it as Hibiscus? Would be interesting to know.

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