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Photos of the pretty red leaves on an unidentified plant. Can anyone identify it for me?
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  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,238
    Looks like an Acer palmatum to me too.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,631
    If it's tree shaped then yes, acer palmatum of some sort but if it's a climber it may be a form of Virginia creeper.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    edited December 2018
    The 2nd pic looks like it has a 'stem' so possibly the Acer, but it does look like a V. creeper too, Obelixx. 
    The leaves look a bit too heavily serrated for that, but I'm not expert enough to know if there are other varieties which have that. I always think the foliage 'hangs' a bit more too, rather than being so open in habit.
    I'd have thought it would be more heavily coloured by now [if not completely denuded of foliage ] but it depends where the OP is, and when the photo was taken. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I would go with Acer.
    AB Still learning

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,631
    The stems are very fine and the OP doesn't say whether it's tree shaped or a vine so I offered two plausible options.   Lots of deep red Virginia creeper covered houses on our adventures across country yesterday but I suspect that after today very few will have any leaves left on.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • I agree with you Obelixx, it could be a Virginia Creeper, that was my first thought.
  • Thanks, everyone. It is growing here on Anna Maria Island in Florida. It is a single stem-like growth with leaves all along the total length (about five feet). Leaves are still very colorful as shown. Any additional comments or questions are welcomed.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,992
    "It is growing here on Anna Maria Island in Florida". How could we guess that if you did not mention your location in your original post?  ;) 
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Hmmm! Most interesting.

    When I looked at this my first thought was definitely Acer palmatum dissectum atropurpureum with  beautiful purple palmate leaves. However on closer inspection I ruled this out as the leaves on Acer are opposite and on mystery plant they are alternate.

    Neither is it Virginia creeper....Parthenocissus  quinquefolia..which is a clinging vine which has 5 separate leaflets...see 1st pic

    While Boston ivy ..Parthenocissus tricusidata another clinging vine has 3 lobed leaves...see 2.3.4 pics below

    I assumed the plants was either not in UK or pics were taken in spring as this young plant had many healthy young we know it is in Florida.

    Now I am baffled...hopefully someone will recognise it.  I am stuck.


    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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