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Help! What's the name of this plant and how to take care of it?

We have this big bush outside our house in Portugal which looked amazing when we bought the house. We don't know how to look after it, and it's slowly becoming more twigs than leaves. It's in the south of Portugal, Algarve is a hot Mediterranean climate. 2nd photo is a closer look of the plant.


I don't know what it's called. In one of the photo there is a small flower. I tried googling it and maybe not my lucky day to know the name of this plant. I hope someone can identify this plant. Smiling thank you.



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  • msqingxiaomsqingxiao North LondonPosts: 275
    I'm no expert but my plant ID app says it's Manatoka. Bumping it in the hope someone can confirm it for you.  :)
  • cmarkrcmarkr Posts: 98
    Leaves look like a ficus to me. E.g. ficus retusa. Only a houseplant in UK, wouldn't survive below ~5-10°C.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,173
    Not sure if I can help but are  the flowers scented. I have never heard of Manakota and I doubt if it something we can grow in the UK if that is the correct ID. It looks like an evergreen or is it just coming into leaf?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,402
    Manatoka is indigenous to Australia, so perhaps @Pat E could have a look and confirm the ID, if she’s looking in 😊 
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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,449
    Not sure if I can help but are  the flowers scented. I have never heard of Manakota and I doubt if it something we can grow in the UK if that is the correct ID. It looks like an evergreen or is it just coming into leaf?

    The OP lives in Portugal. ;)
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Pat EPat E Posts: 11,051
    Hi everyone. The only Myoporum I’m familiar with is Myoporum floribunda which grows around the Snowy mountains region, near us. It has narrow leaves (Sorry I didn’t know it by the other name). Not much help, sorry. 
    S. E. NSW
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,173
    Think that is why it may be difficult to ID as it comes from a warmer climate so won't grow in the UK.
  • I'm no expert but my plant ID app says it's Manatoka. Bumping it in the hope someone can confirm it for you.  :)
    That's what I read too, but I tried googling as a hedge for landscaping and not sure if it's a cherry laurel hedge
  • Hi Everyone, 

    I tried the plant id and it says Manatoka but the plant that we have is more like a hedge. So I tried googling, common hedge plant for landscaping in Portugal and it says Laurel hedge plant. 
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,453
    It looks vaguely Pittosporum-y to me. 
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