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Plantidote of the Day 2012-08-02

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Mystery plant (hedge division)

A bit chewed up, but still a nice thick hedge. This is growing on a 20-foot high chain link fence, right up to the top. The leaves are tiny -- maybe one inch long, and it has small flowers (less than 1" across) that look like little explosions (below). Eventually, the flowers form magenta-colored berries. Interesting, but what is it?

hedge flowers

Look familiar?

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Submitted by Bryan on

The most common hedge in Northwest Florida. If the smell from the flowers is less than pleasant, you will know that's what it is. It appears to be suffering from the leaf spot fungus that attacks them down here and would explain why it looks 'chewed up'.

If you get on the fungus as soon as you see it, it is a good hedge for the South.

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Submitted by insanelysane on

Here I am again, throwing cold water on this mystery plant.

I do not think this is a Photina, since the leaves on Photina are much larger and much thinner.

Those leaves are most likely some sort of boxwood. The leaf size is right at inch and flowers same, red tips are not. But I have grown an African boxwood, Myrsine africana that does get new leaves in red.

Photina fraseri has leaves that are at least 4 inches and often much larger. It is still a MYSTERY to me.

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Submitted by twig on

times we (we being me) are wrong! Okay, so it's not photinia -- I thought that the reason the online pics had so many more flowers was because this one is a) quite old, like 20+ years, b) fungally challenged as Bryan mentioned, or c) not getting proper care. But actually it's because it's a different plant!!!

So we still have a mystery to solve. Back to the google....

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