need info on fukien tea versus cotoneaster ?

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need info on fukien tea versus cotoneaster ?

Post  john5555leonard on Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:32 am

does anybody know if fukien tea is a variety of cotoneaster . i,v never grown fukien before i moved to thailand, i,m curious cos it looks like some cotoneaster we have in england, the leaf is the same , flowers the same, growth habit the same but you can get more interesting trunks on the fukien . you can buy it out here grown for bonsai with nice trunks or can buy garden plants grown as a bush . they tell me its not a native species but imported from china but its used everywhere here. hope somebody can satisfy my curiosity . regards john

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Re: need info on fukien tea versus cotoneaster ?

Post  AlainK on Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:48 am

These are two totally different species, from two different families.

From Wikipedia:

"Carmona is one of the genera in Boraginaceae."
"Cotoneaster (pronounced /kəˈtoʊniːˈæstər/)[3] is a genus of woody plants in the rose family, Rosaceae"

I read a lot of messages on forums about people having sick Carmonas because they have to be grown indoors here, but where you live, they should be thriving.

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fukien v cotoneaster

Post  john5555leonard on Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:18 am

thanks alain for your quick reply they sure do look the same though. regards john

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Fukien Tea vs Cotoneaster

Post  bonsaisr on Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:52 pm

The correct botanical name for Fukien tea is Ehretia microphylla. It is apparently a wonderful bonsai subject in the tropics. You wouldn't be able to grow a Cotoneaster there, as it is a temperate genus.
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