Plant identification

bubba62July 15, 2008

Can anyone name this plant? Every summer I enjoy seeing it (it's growing next to Tony Avent's driveway at Plant Delights Nursery in NC), am confounded by trying to identify it (not everything there is labeled), and forget to ask anybody what it is. My best guess so far is that it's a Schima (wallachii perhaps?), a member of the camellia (tea) family allied to the Gordonias, Franklinias, and Stewartias. Anybody know if that's correct, or of a possible source? PDN has never listed it for sale, and neither does anybody else, from what I can tell (which makes me want one even more...go figure).

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karen__w(z7 Durham, NC)

I can't improve on your guess, but I can tell you that Camellia Forest sells Schima superba. I've seen that listed as a variety of S. wallachii on one site but separately on others. If you want to try to key it out:

Here is a link that might be useful: Schima

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 7:43AM
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Thanks Karen - that sounds like a real possibility, esp. given the proximity of Camellia Forest to Plant Delights.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 9:02AM
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it could be "oleifera" a white hybrid camellia that is winter hardy to zone 6b.

Try this link>

Just a thought. Lyle

    Bookmark   July 16, 2008 at 10:35AM
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Just got an email message from PDN - it's Schima argentea, so I was close. Thanks, everybody!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2008 at 8:05PM
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karen__w(z7 Durham, NC)

I read recently that plant breeders at NC State are crossing that with Franklinia alatamaha with promising results.

Here is a link that might be useful: plant breeding

    Bookmark   July 17, 2008 at 9:25PM
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