Camellia?

leighannh2April 27, 2008

I'm new to this site, trying to identify a plant on my property. My mother-in-law is a former miner and she saved this plant from an old farm before it was bulldozed over. She planted it here over 20 years ago, and it had probably been on that farm for many many years before that. It looks very similar to some of the pictures of Camellias, but what is throwing me off is that it has some thorns. Not many, but there is a half-inch straight spike thorn at the end of most of the branches.

I would post a picture, but I've not found out where to go here to do that yet. Until I do, I guess my main question is -Can a camellia have thorns or is this something entirely different?

Thanks so much!

Leigh Ann

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longriver(SF Bay Area)

Strange, Thorns? I have been with all kind of camellias for a long time. I do not remember that any cultivar has such throns. If there is one, I am very much curious about it.

Please tell us when it flowers? How the flower looks like? Did you compare the leaf with other camellias in your area? Please keep us informed. Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 28, 2008 at 11:26AM
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greenguy1(z7 Maryland)

Try looking at some Google images of flowering quince (Chaenomeles). Their flowers could easily look like small single or semi-double camellias, and they do have thorny branches. Deciduous, where camellias are evergreen, but also a likely suspect for something that might have been planted on an old farm in the Midwest.

- Steve

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 10:05AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

We either need to see a picture, or have a better description. When you say that it looks like a camellia, do you mean the leaves, the flowers, or both? Is it evergreen? Where is this plant located?

    Bookmark   April 30, 2008 at 12:39PM
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