I planted seeds a few years ago and the shrubs are just blooming for
the first time this year.
Anyone know what they might be? The plants are about 6 feet tall.
The leaves are oval shiny and green. Flowers are rather fragile
looking white and yellow:
Interesting! Flowers with 3 or 6 petals are generally monocots (bulbs
and bulblike plants, cactus, grasses, palms), but the leaves (the oval
ones) are clearly those of a dicot (herbacious and woody perennials and
The flowers and leaves resemble pearl bush (Exochorda) except pearl bush
flowers have 5 petals.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
Actually I thought 'gardenia' too when I first saw it. BUT I don't live in
an area where gardenias can grow and I didn't think they got to 6ft from
seeds in just a couple of years anyway but since I know nothing about them,
I couldn't comment other than to say that I too had gardenia as a first
thought. After that I thought perhaps 'magnolia' but I can't grow them
either here except for the boring old deciduous ones.
Look forward to finding out what it is.
It is surely a 'gardenia' (Gardenia jasminoides:
we can see two types of this flower in japan: one that have flowers of
double petals and the other that have flowers of single petals. Both
have the same frangrance but this latter one has a distinct nature of
bearing fruits in Winter. It is so common that we use this fruits as a
coloring to make japanese cuisine: 'kuri-kinton' (sweet chestnuts).
Thanks for the help on this. After comparing the flower fragrance, I
agree it must be some form of Gardenia, possibly taitensis. We have
eight of these small shrubs growing from seed. Will transplant some
this fall to a more prominent place in the yard.
Thanks to all who offered suggestions on this plant. I am fairly sure
it is some form of Gardenia, but not taitensis since that is more of a
tropical and this plant seems to thrive in our zone 7 climate
including overnight lows below 20 in NC.
I plan to move these trees to better places in the yard this fall.
Growing trees from seeds is fun, but make sure you keep good records
so you don't forget what they are, like I did!
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