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Small deciduous shrub. Frilly white flowers. Gardenia?


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cherylad


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S. Liberty County - Texas (8B)
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Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:16 pm   Post subject: Small deciduous shrub. Frilly white flowers. Gardenia?


I bought this plant at a silent auction a couple of years ago. They said it was a Gardenia.
It dies back in the winter. My "real" Gardenia doesn't.
It is only a couple feet tall and finally bloomed this year. Doesn't look like a Gardenia blossom to me. And there is no fragrance. Plus it puts on a cluster of buds.
Can someone ID it for me please?
Oh yeah... I'm in SE Texas zone 8b.
Thanks in advance!




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stratsmom

Southern Oregon
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Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:27 am   


Wow Cheryl, it is a pretty thing. Glossy gardenia looking leaves...too bad there is no fragrance Confused Not much help, am I? Not to worry, someone will know Very Happy

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waretrop

north eastern Pennsylvania
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Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:09 am   


I think it's in the family but not the regular Gardenia. Maybe it's nearer to Gardenia thunbergia or Jasmine.

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chocolate

Australia
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Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:08 am   


Hi, are you ready for this????

tabernaemomtana divaricate is the name of your lovely plant[I hope after spelling that]
In other countries of course it is called other names.
Rose of India is one of them
Crepe jasmine I think is another name.

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TulsaRose
Tulsa OK
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Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:31 am   


Nice catch, Chocolate. Gorgeous plant, huh?

Tabernaemontana divaricata
http://goo.gl/BG8pF

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cherylad


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S. Liberty County - Texas (8B)
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Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:10 pm   


Thanks Chocolate! Now I can quit cussing it because it's not growing like the Gardenia. Very Happy
No wonder it dies back in the winter... it's rated for zones 9 and up.
So far only a couple of blooms have opened. Hopefully more will open at the same time so I can see if there's a fragrance. Will also check it first thing in the morning one day since what I've read the scent fades away throughout the day.
Looks like I have it planted in the right spot... it gets sun with partial shade, but I may need to water it a little more often.

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toni


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Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:17 pm   


Tabernaemontana divaricata

Need I say more? Stew Face 1 Stew Face 2

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cherylad


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Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:58 am   


Toni... I can take a hint Very Happy
I've sent the photos and added what info I found online about it.

Patches
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toni


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Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:00 am   


Thanks much Wink

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cherylad


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Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:02 am   


Thank YOU Toni for all the work you and the others put into "The Stew". Stew Face 2

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