What kind of tree?

It is in Florida and is six feet tall.
q what kind of tree, gardening, Leaf
q what kind of tree, gardening
  53 answers
  • Debi M Debi M on May 16, 2012
    appears to be a magnolia
  • Roxy D Roxy D on May 16, 2012
    hm, I think it's a gardenia.
  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on May 16, 2012
    Deborah, that looks like a gardenia but I can't imagine one that is 6' tall. The smell is awsome. The Magonlia could be 20-30 feet tall in florida.
  • Walter Reeves Walter Reeves on May 16, 2012
    Looks just like my August Beauty gardenia...blooming outside my window as I type
  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on May 16, 2012
    Walter R, thank you but I don't think the gardenias in Florida could ever attain 6'. Just keeping them alive is a lot of work. Would your August Beauty do that in Florida? I would love that.
  • Deborah G Deborah G on May 16, 2012
    It is very fragrant.
  • Dana T Dana T on May 16, 2012
    If it gets a seed pod in the middle of the flower it is a Magnolia. And Magnolias have the most beautiful fragrance....
  • Deborah G Deborah G on May 16, 2012
    Thank you everyone for your help.
  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on May 16, 2012
    Deborah, please let us know what it is. It certainly is special.
  • Deborah G Deborah G on May 16, 2012
    Will do.
  • Pam Pam on May 16, 2012
    Gardenia. You'll love it.
  • Debi M Debi M on May 16, 2012
    Sherrie S....I never said it was a gardenia, look again. It appears to be a type magnolia, simiar to those I have seen outside of NC and VA. You are right in thinking that gardenias don't grow to be 6 ft high
  • Carole L Carole L on May 16, 2012
    It looks like my native magnolias growing all around the edge of the woods in my back. They grow huge and the blooms are the size of huge dinner plates.
  • Cindy P Cindy P on May 16, 2012
    Deborah, I too live in Colorado Springs, I didn't know anything like that would survive here! It's beautiful whatever it is! But this has been the craziest spring. We have lived in our home for 17 years and I cannot remember ever having roses, bloomed roses, before Mother's day! Our fruit trees have never had fruit on them this early and all are loaded, (peach, apple, pear). We also have a grapevine that never even sprouts until June, it already has grapes on it!
  • Carol H Carol H on May 16, 2012
    Gardenia.... my fav
  • Jenelle H Jenelle H on May 16, 2012
    Looks like a gardenia. Also the leaves look like gardenia leaves.
  • Chrissy S Chrissy S on May 16, 2012
    Wow a six fee tall Gardenia... that must be beautiful!! It must smell amazing too! Nice!
  • Barbara Barbara on May 16, 2012
    Gardenia, enjoy the fragrant flowers.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 17, 2012
    It most likely is a Gardenia! You can just about bet that Walter Reeves, The Georgia Gardner, is right. The old fashioned Gardenias grow much larger than do the newer varieties. I have a couple at my front porch here in Georgia that are at least 5' tall...and that is after I pruned it last year! They root very well in a clear container and are easy to transpant.
  • Erica Glasener Erica Glasener on May 17, 2012
    Walter and I agree. My grandmother lived in Florida and had a large gardenia in her back yard. I have seen them get quite large. Enjoy.
  • Debi M Debi M on May 17, 2012
    why not take one of the flowers on a small branch to your local nursery for identification. I've never in my life seen a gardenia grow that tall, they usually get big around, not high. Do the leaves shed year round? was there a velvety feeling covering on the bud before the flower opened? does the center of the flower have little "matchstick" like growth in it? Are there cones with seeds when the flower drops off? Maybe its because of the close up, but these leaves don't look like my gardenias. Perhaps FL has an earlier blooming season for gardenias Most gardenias bloom late in the summer, but this is the time of year for Magnolias to bloom.
  • Becky H Becky H on May 17, 2012
    Debi M., sure! Gardenias can grow taller than you think. I've a gardenia tree I planted 20 years ago and trained from the get go to tree rather than shrub. My gardenia tree is 10' tall and equally (or better) as broad as it is tall. It just depends on what you do with the plant and what you want.
  • Ann S Ann S on May 17, 2012
  • Pat S Pat S on May 17, 2012
    A gardenia and it's beautiful, bet it smells heavenly too.
  • Michelle J Michelle J on May 17, 2012
    A linoleum tree as my son would have said, but no it is a magnolia and they are beautiful! beware of pollen.
  • Espe D Espe D on May 17, 2012
    Looks like my gardenia, it's about 7 feet tall and I prune it every year.
  • Wanda R Wanda R on May 17, 2012
    Beautiful whatever it is. Thank you for sharing!
  • Sally M Sally M on May 17, 2012
    It is most definitely a gardenia. Depending on conditions and soil, they can grow to almost any size. I have one in the edge of my woods (I live at the edge of Stone Mountain park in Ga.) that has grown to over 8 ft. high and is almost as wide. I have a row at the edge of my back porch that are almost 6 ft. high. As soon as they finish blooming this year, it'll be time to cut them back again. Enjoy! There's nothing like the fragrance of a gardenia bush on the breeze.
  • Kim L Kim L on May 17, 2012
    Definitely, Gardenia....the smell is wonderful! We have a grown Gardenia bush right under our master bedroom window & we leave the window a bit open when it's in full bloom! It's a wonderful smell to lull one to sleep!
  • Erica Glasener Erica Glasener on May 17, 2012
    Debi, gardening in Florida and NC are very different. I remember growing up in Florida and plants would grow over the weekend, honest.
  • Susan T Susan T on May 17, 2012
    looks like gardenia.
  • Linda G Linda G on May 17, 2012
  • Debbie B Debbie B on May 17, 2012
    wow,I used to have one when I lived in fl NOT THAT TALL beautiful
  • Rosa B Rosa B on May 17, 2012
    The leaves and flower says that it is a Gardenia. They grow huge in the South.
  • Molly F Molly F on May 17, 2012
    it was my mom's favorite and she had them in her wedding in 1946. However in NYS they do not grow well. We gave her many plants for gifts but the flowers would always fall off no matter what we did - I guess they need the humid weather of Florida. They smell beautiful.
  • Goldie C Goldie C on May 17, 2012
    A gardenia
  • Catherine Q Catherine Q on May 17, 2012
    biggg gardenia
  • Susan S Susan S on May 18, 2012
    Looks like a gardenia to me, too...is there a really nice scent?
  • Carol J Carol J on May 18, 2012
    It is a Gardenia. The bushes down here get as big as trees.
  • Nelda F Nelda F on May 18, 2012
    I have over 50 in our yard. They are around our circle drive and some up around the house.. I started with one plant, roooted the rest, and I do'nt know how many I have given away.. To bad they do'nt last very long, they smell so good late in the eveing.
  • Pixie H Pixie H on May 18, 2012
    favors the camelia around here.
  • Janet E Janet E on May 18, 2012
    it's a gardenia
  • Maria G Maria G on May 19, 2012
    It's a gardenia bush
  • Alicia F Alicia F on May 24, 2012
    It's a southern magnolia tree and they smell so good!!
  • Debi M Debi M on May 25, 2012
    Nelda, of the 50 you own, have any attained the astonishing height 0f 6 ft?
  • Debi M Debi M on May 25, 2012
    this really made me curious. I've googled the gardenia and found that there is a variety of this plant called a "Mystery Gardenia" that grows up to 8ft tall. However, it will get very "leggy" if not property taken care of. "Mystery" solved. The most fragrant is the August Gardenia in case you want to plant on of those!
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 26, 2012
    The gardenia I have came from a cutting from my mother-in-law, so I know it is a very old variety. It is over 5' tall, very full, coverd in blooms right now and is very fragrant. I think mine does not get leggy because I trim it back (I just whack at it until I get it the size I want) and because I break off so many blooms to bring inside! That is sort of a month long continuous trimming! HA!
  • Susan S Susan S on May 27, 2012
    I had gardenias like this in southern CA and they are called giant gardenias, not the little short ones we get in TX I planted them by the front door...oh so nice!
  • Vivian S Vivian S on Jun 08, 2012
    I love, love, love Gardenias but here in Michigan they are only an indoor plant and hard to overwinter. The smell is out of this world. Wow.
  • Roxy D Roxy D on Jun 09, 2012
    Yes, I believe that is a gardenia. I have 2 of them in my front yard, both are taller than I am. I got them as a snipping from a neighbor 15 years ago. They are very fragrant, so I cut some branches and put them in a vase. Before I knew it, they were rooting. So, now I have 4.
  • Ann S Ann S on Jun 12, 2012
    yes it is a gardinia. yery easy to grow and a fast grower . love the beautiful fragrant smell
  • Lois Franklin Lois Franklin on Oct 11, 2015
    I took cuttings from my husband's aunt many years ago when we were in SE Texas. Hers was a huge tree and mine were about 6' when we left there. My son went back to that house about 10 years after we left and said mine were probably close to 10' tall. Wish I had taken some with me but didn't think about it until years ago. Sure wish I had thought to take cuttings before we left! I live in north central Texas now and have a really small one I bought this spring. I think it's a mini type so will probably never have any size to it. If it'll just put out a lot of flowers, I won't complain!