Camelia seedling?

KaraLynn(z9 FL, Inverness, Citrus)July 3, 2013

I'm known for collecting seeds, forgetting what they are and then just throwing them into the garden to see what sprouts. I've gotten some interesting surprises doing this. In the past I have thrown dozens of what I know are camellia seeds under the gum tree without much hope of any of them sprouting but recently I noticed this lone seedling that looks like a camellia to me growing at the edge of the flowerbed. Does anyone else think this is a camellia or do you think it's something else?

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shear_stupidity(9B)

Doesn't look like my Camelias. Here's a pic showing the leaf pattern.... sorry it's blurry, the wind was blowing.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 12:46PM
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shear_stupidity(9B)

... and here's one showing the serrated edges of the leaves on mine.
Keep in mind, I only know about my own particular trees...

Hope this helps?

(Edited to include the photo... duh)

This post was edited by shear_stupidity on Wed, Jul 3, 13 at 12:49

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 12:48PM
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thetradition(9b)

Looks like a camellia to me. There are three different species of camellia with thousands of different named cultivars within them.

I guess you'll know for sure when and if it flowers. It'll also be a "new" variety that didn't exist before, but only time will tell if it will have unique or desireable characteristics.

I'd let it grow and see what you get!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 11:11AM
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KaraLynn(z9 FL, Inverness, Citrus)

I went and looked at the camelias that the seeds came from and they all have mildly serated edges like yours does so I guess that means it's unlikely that the seedling is a camellia. Now I just have to figure out what it really is. Until then I think I'll pot it up and keep it with the rest of the plants I haven't found a home for. I was really hoping it was a camellia!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 8:28PM
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KaraLynn(z9 FL, Inverness, Citrus)

I went and looked at the camelias that the seeds came from and they all have mildly serated edges like yours does so I guess that means it's unlikely that the seedling is a camellia. Now I just have to figure out what it really is. Until then I think I'll pot it up and keep it with the rest of the plants I haven't found a home for. I was really hoping it was a camellia!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 8:29PM
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Kasima

Do you have a wax leaf ligustrum nearby? Looks like that to me.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 9:45PM
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nel5397

That seedling looks like a Ligustrum seedling to me.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 9:45PM
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KaraLynn(z9 FL, Inverness, Citrus)

I don't have any ligustrum growing in my yard nor do my immediate neighbors but that doesn't mean a bird couldn't have carried in a seed from somewhere farther away. The leaves do look similar which means the plant will have to be moved. The spot it's currently in is not right for a ligustrum.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 12:28AM
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chippi(z10 FL)

Looks like a Surinam Cherry seedling.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 7:01AM
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