Tree ID Please

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Found this for 10 cents and thought about growing out. Can anyone identify please?





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hey mate, can you tell us about the tree. if you break one of the leaves off does it leak a white sap? or when you crush one of the leaves does it give off a scent?
it looks a bit tropical or some sort of fruiting tree?


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hey mate, can you tell us about the tree. if you break one of the leaves off does it leak a white sap? or when you crush one of the leaves does it give off a scent?
it looks a bit tropical or some sort of fruiting tree?


jamie :)
Thanks for your reply. There is no white sap , nor is there any discernible scent upon crushing the leaves
 
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Did some research and found this Buttonwood. Do you think I'm on the right track?

Thanks

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It ain't buttonwood if it's growing like that inside in Illinois. Buttonwood require alot of involved care that far North as indoor bonsai.

It's a tropical of some sort, just not buttonwood.
 

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i agree with rockm. the leaves arent the same, yours has more of a point. if you take it to your local nursery they might be able to help ID it for you. i think it is a tropical of some sort still. i am not sure what sort of species you have over there so it is hard for me to say :confused:


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Did some research and found this Buttonwood. Do you think I'm on the right track?

Thanks

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LOL it's funny that you used that pic. . . I sent it to the Bonsai Societies of Florida after that tree was stolen from me:mad:during the Bonsai Convention at the Morikami Museum a few years ago. They posted it on their website to see if any one knew its where abouts........I still miss that tree. It was an air-layer I took and would have made a sweet little shohin in a short amount of time.

To answer your question...your tree is definitely not a buttonwood, but as to what it is I don't know. Probably something tropical judging by the leaves.
 
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LOL it's funny that you used that pic. . . I sent it to the Bonsai Societies of Florida after that tree was stolen from me:mad:during the Bonsai Convention at the Morikami Museum a few years ago. They posted it on their website to see if any one knew its where abouts........I still miss that tree. It was an air-layer I took and would have made a sweet little shohin in a short amount of time.

To answer your question...your tree is definitely not a buttonwood, but as to what it is I don't know. Probably something tropical judging by the leaves.
OMG--sorry for bringing back that memory Ryan !! I sincerely hope that the freak that stole it develops root rot LOL
 

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It is an Ardisia elliptica, here's a link: http://www.hear.org/starr/plants/images/image/?q=040209-0313

I used to have a scrawny little one that I bought from the discount rack at Lowe's. It struggled along for quite a while, but in the end it didn't make it...:(

Thank you so much---I never would have found the species. Never dawned on me it would be native to Hawaii.

I think this one came out of Florida

Any idea about pruning? Leaf reduction, etc??
 

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OMG--sorry for bringing back that memory Ryan !! I sincerely hope that the freak that stole it develops root rot LOL
No problem. Yeah I think I know who it was but it's only speculation....Some guy kept wanting to buy it and pressured me all day about it. and each time he asked I told him it wasn't for sale. The next morning I came back to my booth and it was gone. For the remainder of the convention I was "that guy that got robbed"...LOL I hope if he tries to sell it one day that he gets caught. It's a very distinctive buttonwood. It's been about 3 years now since that happened but I still hope he gets what's coming to him.

Glad you discovered what your tree is:D
 
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