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    05 / 02 / 2017

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    Kurt Uhlir


We just moved into a new house and need your help identifying some of the plants in the yard. There are two different types of bushes in these pictures. The first picture shows both of them, and they have both been trimmed to about 40″ in height. The 2nd and 3rd picture shows each bush close up.


  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Appreciate the feedback Kurt! About the reddish plant ID, seeing it in person you would be the best judge for it. Barberry is a possible candidate. According to sources, the two cultivars you mentioned, their heights are on the short side when compare to yours 40″ height (Crimson Pygmy 2-3ft, Royal Burgundy 2ft). They also have thorns, You could check for them on yours. Maybe a taller size cultivar? Best wishes!

    May 11th, 2017 at 2:13am

  • Kurt Uhlir Flower Fanatic says:

    I think you guessed right with the all green one being a Buxus microphylla. It started to bloom and they match the pictures I could find online. Thank you. I’m wondering if the reddish plants could be a Barberry – maybe Royal Burgundy or the Crimson Pygmy.

    May 10th, 2017 at 8:27pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    This link for false Cleyera/Japanese Tenstroemia and the differences between it and Japanese cleyera.

    May 10th, 2017 at 7:31pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    I can’t see the leaves details, such as the leaf arrangement on the stems or the venation on either plant, to be certain. I am only speculating for now. – The plant with all green leaves in the second picture, I can’t tell if it is a type of holly (Ilex) or box wood (Buxus). I’m leaning toward box wood, perhaps Buxus microphylla? -The last plant with reddish new leaves, maybe a cultivar in the false Cleyera group (Ternstroemia gymnanthera)? It is often mislabeled in the nursery trade as Japanese cleyera (Cleyera japonica). Link below is for box wood varieties from the Guru himself. Again until these plants bloom, I’m only guessing. Best wishes!

    May 10th, 2017 at 7:12pm

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