Marvin R
Marvin R
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Asked on Mar 29, 2012

Shrub/Tree Id?

DeltamomMargie CookJeanealchick
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Me and my wife have had this growing in a pot for 6 or 7 years it dies back in winter and we always think its dead.It comes back year after year though and gets berries on it once in a while.Any ideas?
shrub tree id, gardening
43 answers
  • Walter Reeves
    on Mar 29, 2012

    can you get us a closer pic of the leaves?

  • Marvin R
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Sure

  • Marvin R
    on Mar 29, 2012

    closer

  • Marvin R
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Leaves

  • Marvin R
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Its prickly to

  • Patricia D
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Hawthorn?

  • Celeste K
    on Mar 29, 2012

    does it flower?

  • Terri S
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Bayberry?

  • Marcia N
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Looks kind of like our Key Lime tree.

  • Valerie M
    on Mar 29, 2012

    possibly a barberry bush

  • Sharon A
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Flowering Quince?...does it have small thorns and orangy-red flowers?

  • Stacey Lee
    on Mar 29, 2012

    It sorta looks like a crepe myrtle but I don't think they are prickly.

  • Rosemary S
    on Mar 29, 2012

    exactly what I thought! fruits after flowers, reddish/brown?

  • Marvin R
    on Mar 29, 2012

    I think it does have white flowers if i remember right not 100% sure though i do know it has berries and is prickly lol

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 29, 2012

    I'm betting on flowering quince.

  • Laura M
    on Mar 29, 2012

    this looks like maybe a dwarf huckleberry bush. at first the leaves reminded me of a gardenia leaf, but I just started looking at small bushes that berry once in awhile, and run across certain leaf patterns and compaired a few. this is what I came up with. I hope it helps.

  • Judy W
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Maybe a pyracantha?

  • Lori B
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Looks like cotoneaster to me.

  • Shirley J
    on Mar 29, 2012

    I think pyracantha, too.

  • Judy W
    on Mar 29, 2012

    If it's a pyracantha, be glad you have it in a pot. I planted one in my yard but it went crazy. I eventually got rid of it. The berries were pretty though!

  • Rebecca W
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Looks like a bush, not a tree. I think if you want it to get bigger you need to get it out of that pot. Its either a bayberry or pyracantha.

  • D. G
    on Mar 29, 2012

    I believe it is in the citrus family. All citrus have thorns maybe lemon or orange tree.

  • Sharon S
    on Mar 29, 2012

    looks a lot like a quince but I've never seen a white one.

  • Evelyn R
    on Mar 29, 2012

    I vote for pyracantha, too. I don't think quince has berries, at least, mine doesn't.

  • Candy J
    on Mar 29, 2012

    The leaves are too big for it to be a bayberry.

  • Carolyn S
    on Mar 29, 2012

    We call that wild olive. It has tiny white blooms and then small berries. It can be invasive. Leave it in the pot!

  • Sherrie S
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Marvin, I try to keep all of my plants. When one doesn't do as well as I thought I put it in the "graveyard" Put your plant there & see what it wants to be. Many of mine have turned out really nice.

  • Marcia M
    on Mar 29, 2012

    How about a Wigelia bush

  • Kara K
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Are the leaves fuzzy grey on the back? Where are you?

  • Evelyn R
    on Mar 29, 2012

    the leaves really look like these

    , Pyracantha picture
  • Anne B
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Oh I didn't read the berry part before, trying to think of shrubs I know it looks so familiar.

  • Diane B
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Might be a bougainvillaea, looks just like one in my green house in fact!

  • Diane B
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Nope not a bougainvillaea, no berries. Sorry. Pyrcantha variety.

  • Ann D
    on Mar 29, 2012

    azalea?

  • Marvin R
    on Mar 29, 2012

    Wow the mystery continues maybe when it flowers i can take another pic.I think im gonna leave it in the pot its kinda hard to work with due to the thorns.You guys are the best though ive been looking up all yalls post on google.lol

  • Deborah C
    on Mar 30, 2012

    Pyracantha coccinea are evergreen,and do not die back in the winter. However P. koidzumii are evergreen to semi-evergreen, they are not as hardy, zone 8-10. Birds enjoy the berries during the fall and winter. Weigela does not produce berries. Flowering Quince produces small apple like fruit, has thorns and some cultivars have white blooms. They are deciduous woody plants. How big is the container and has the plant been in the same one all this time? My old eyes can not see the foliage good enough to make a proper guess as to the ID of this plant.

  • Susan S
    on Mar 30, 2012

    The first thing that came to mind when I saw your picture was "Crown of Thorns" aka Pyracantha!! I'm in agreement w/Judy W. Shirley J. &Diane B. on that. The berries that Evelyn R. shows look like Pyracantha - kind of a bright orangish-red. My Mom & Dad had one planted beside the chimney and it was HUmongous so I'd either repot it and give it a little more room or put it outside where it'll have lots of room but not close to your house or any other trees or shrubs. Keep it pruned or it will take over.

  • Barbara L
    on Mar 30, 2012

    I have to agree, Pyracantha ,I have one and it grows fast [down south].

  • Rosemary S
    on Mar 30, 2012

    If Pyracantha the white flowers should have turned into bright reddish-orange very showy berries on a long clustered branch. I used in my fall floral arrangement-magnificant, and my Bassett hound ate them as they dropped of bush-non-toxic as far as I know. Here in our area,Northern calif, been berries since Nov-very showy against fence/snow etc. Horrible to prune, they do grow kind of wild and spreading if in ground.

  • Evelyn R
    on Mar 30, 2012

    Oh yes Marvin, you're going to have to wait for the berries! Don't forget to post it then. :)

  • Jeanealchick
    on Mar 7, 2016

    Golden Barberry. A possibility if it has thrones on old growth.

  • Margie Cook
    on May 19, 2016

    Pyracantha has thorns. It is evergreen. Great for Espalier pruning. You would know if that was the plant. Can't imagine why it was in a pot for so long. So doubt it is that.Many from Ilex family are diciduous and have berries.

  • Deltamom
    on May 19, 2016

    if berries are blue, it could be a blueberry bush. if red, it could be a holly. some hollies are evergreen and some lose their leaves. also, it could be a pyracantha from the branch structure of the limbs.

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