This plant just started growing in my garden about 8 months or so ago. When I noticed it it was about 5inches so I potted it. I've been trying to identify it for some time now, I think it looks like a michelia. Help is appreciated!!
Do new leaves emerge with a covering shield?
Hope you can see it in the pic.
I can only say at this point that it is a possibility. The leaves look a little different though. Michelia leaves have V-pointed tips. Yours are a little curved before the tip.
The other plant that have shields covering new leaves are those that belong to the ficus family.
In any case, a seedling will take years before it flowers. And that's only if it's planted on the ground and allowed to grow huge.
But you can use it for as a root stock for grafting new plants on.
You can search on ficus.
I picked one out
This is a ficus septica
This post was edited by Tolip on Mon, Sep 9, 13 at 23:24
It sorta resembles the michelia maudiae I have.
But if it really is a ficus, it should bleed a milky sap/latex if you cut a leaf.
Here's my michelia maudiae leaves
I pinched off a leaf from the stock and it did have a white substance. It resembles several plants ....ugh...Just want to know what it is :/