Is this a clematis?

kathyjb(8)March 12, 2009

I've never seen the little pink flowers before, only the leaves popping out. My mom planted this about 10 years ago and I've never seen a flower. I thought the Clematis flower was bigger.

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wanda(Z9 CA)

No, it's not a Clematis.

Is it a vine?

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 11:22AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

not a Clematis and I don't recognize it

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 3:41PM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

It almost looks like a redbud tree to me. They are found wild all over the place here in NC and I have two in my yard. Of course, it could be something else with similar flowers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Redbud

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 4:36PM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

I knew I had a picture of one of mine somewhere in bloom in early spring. Here it is. The only thing that is somewhat strange is that your plant is 10 years old and still that small and with so few blooms. Did your mom plant hers as a very small start??

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 5:11PM
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kathyjb(8)

I don't think it's a tree, but then I was always told it was a clematis. NO WONDER I NEVER SAW A FLOWER! I even fertilized it with rose fertilizer and that turned the leaves brown. I don't know what it is.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 5:19PM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

Post a picture of it when it is leafed out. The leaves on redbud are very distinctive. The plant looks like a tree or shrub to me. It is definitely something woody and and not a clematis vine.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 8:03PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I love the 'Forest Pansy' redbuds.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 8:58PM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

I do too BorS. Unfortunately in my climate that wonderful burgundy color to the leaves turns essentially green once it heats up. Planting the trees in an area where they get shade in the afternoon doesn't seem to help with the color reversion in my garden.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 4:17AM
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kathyjb(8)

A few leaves have popped out.

I don't think it's a redbud. This looks to be some sort of bush. See how it has so many branches are coming out of the ground?

If anyone knows what this is, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 11:58AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I'm sure it is a multi trunked redbud tree. Those leaves are the clincher.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 1:13PM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

Totally agree with BorS. It is now in my mind a redbud without a doubt based on the leaves. It may be growing in a multistemmed bushier form, but it is a redbud in my book.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 4:10PM
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gardengal48

I'm putting in a third vote for redbud - there's really no dispute once those leaves are evident :-) There are several species of redbud, some of which are very shrubby in habit, so not being more tree-like is not a disqualifier. btw, the botanical name for redbud is Cercis, which could easily get confused in one's mind as clematis, especially if plant Latin is not your second language :-))

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 7:20PM
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kathyjb(8)

Well I'll be darned like a sock! I really appreciate your help in identifying this little plant. I think I'll keep it right where it is.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 11:12PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Personally, I'd move it away from the fence. It is going to get much larger though slowly.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2009 at 2:47PM
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victorian_bellefonte(6 Pennsylvania)

Another definite identifier for a redbud is the zig-zag nature of branches, which this one has...

    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 12:50PM
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virakech(z5 Ohio)

red buds have a heart-shaped leaf.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2009 at 9:48PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Yes, they do which is perfectly visible in the photo. :)

    Bookmark   March 31, 2009 at 12:41PM
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otnorot(z5ont)

kathyjb I cant tell you what it is but I can tell you why the leaves turned brown, you gave it to much fertilizer.
Bill 77 years gardening.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 5:39PM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

Bill, the leaves are not brown due to fertilization. That is the color of redbud leaves when they first emerge in the spring.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2009 at 6:18PM
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flower_fairy09(8)

Can say for sure is a red bud tree ...I have one planted in my yard and love the blooms it gives me each spring. Mine has already bloomed and has leafed out.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2009 at 2:38PM
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kathyjb(8)

Mine has leafed out too and it's really pretty. How big will it get?

    Bookmark   April 8, 2009 at 3:56PM
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