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Re: Mystery plants

No- I don't have any bigger pics, but I did manage to get a little bit 
more info.  #1 is a small tree and shows the new growth which starts 
purple and turns green.  It is also the same plant as #6 (so that is the 
little tree's bloom)!   #2 and #4 are the same plant (would have been 
nice to know this in the first place). 

So- I think that
#1/#6 flowers do look like clethra, but it definitely isn't a shrub- it 
has a trunk and is about 8 feet tall with a typical tree shape (I saw it 
in May- before it bloomed).

#2/#4- flowers are much bigger than nepeta (I know it is impossible to 
know this from the picture).  They are similar in size to physostegia 
(obediant plant)- think I slaughtered the spelling there.

#3-  I assumed this was some kind of azalea/rhododendron.  The plant is 
the right size and shape, even if the flowers aren't that exciting.  
Again- having some sense of scale would have helped you.  Any further 
guesses, given this new info about size?

#6 is some kind of phlox.  You are right it looks very much like 'Bill 
Baker'- and I suspect the picture was taken earlier and just finally got 
sent to me with the rest of her mysteries.  I'm counting this one as solved!

#7 is a big mystery. Some kind of foundation shrub.

I think you nailed #8- thank you.  Good lord, that tree is plants in 
between 2 ceders (they are maybe 5ft on either side of it).  Wait until 
I tell my sister that it is going to grow to be 30 ft tall!  She said 
that the japanese beetle love this tree- so maybe it won't get that big??

Thanks for brainstorming with me on this!


Christopher P. Lindsey wrote:
>> Mystery plants
>> My sister sent me more pics of plants in her garden (near Boston) that she doesn't know what they are.  Any ideas??
>> http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/tchessie/album?.dir=/320dscd&.src=ph&.tok=ph2V7YFBRIHhF6yg
> Hi Theresa,
> Here are my guesses:
>    1.  This one's tough.  Is it a vine?  If so, Actinidia arguta
>    2.  A Nepeta of some sort.  It's tough without scale, but maybe Nepeta
>        subsessilis?
>    3.  ???  Looks like it's in Ericaceae, but I kill anything ericaceous here
>    4.  Salvia?  Scrophularia?  Penstemon?  I can't even tell if the stems
>        are square or not.  :(
>    5.  Obviously a phlox, but I don't know which one.  It makes me think
>        of Phlox carolina 'Bill Baker', but this is late for it to be 
>        blooming
>    6.  Clethra alnifolia
>    7.  ???
>    8.  Ostrya virginiana
> I'm not sure how much these help.  :)  Are there larger versions of the
> photos anywhere?
> Chris
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