Identify my mystery plant!

Cheryl7Cheryl7 Posts: 18

Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and was wondering if someone could help identify this lovely plant? It was given to me by a family member who got it from someone else and none of us know what it is. Thanks!!




  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    I might be way off mark here but it looks like a very pale Bay tree to me.

  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    looks like a Camellia although it looks a bit under the weather.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,055

    Calcifuge in limey soil?

    I don't know my acid lovers but would say this is one of them. Growth style wrong for a bay I reckon KEF

  • Skimmia Japonica, almost certain. Anyone else ?

  • Elaine WElaine W Posts: 10

    It does look as if it needs a good feed- as the leaves are very pale. Hard to say what it is without any other info. Maybe it'll be clearer when it'sperked up a bit!

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..I think it's a sickly Skimmia Japonica... feed with sequestrine or suchlike...

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,055

    It has that yellow sick look I associate with the skimmia WW

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Yeah Nut, thought that after I'd posted, leaves fit, but shape wrong, got giddy thought I knew one!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,055

    It's the colour that put you off KEF

  • Cheryl7Cheryl7 Posts: 18

    Thanks everyone! It is definitely a Skimmia after looking it up on Google images, because I recognise the flowers from last year (before it became all sick and yellow image). I will now make it my mission to bring back to life, if possible! Salino, thanks for hte tip to feed with sequestrine!


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,055

    We should be kinder here. Cheryl likes this plant. Sorry Cheryl

  • Cheryl I think you can assume this is a Skimmia Japonica that needs your TLC, namely some iron sequestrene or epsom salts so that it can feed on the nutrients in the soil. I would also give it a good drink and a mulch. With luck it may get some red berries, altho' the flowers are v. insignificant.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Skimmia. Definitely and not a very happy one sadly..image

    Is it in a sunny site? They like a damper,shadier spot so maybe think about moving it if you can Cheryl. image

  • granmagranma Posts: 1,584

    It looks like the Skimmia family - I think the leaves look about right colour , I have several differant ones some have dark green leaves others they are same as yours . They are a slow grower , yours was the size of mine 12 yrs ago which I inherited when we moved into this property . It now is 3ft and about the same spread. hope this helps

  • Cheryl7Cheryl7 Posts: 18

    Fairygirl - Yes it is against a sunny south-facing fence. Oh dear. Will it survive there or do I definitely have to move it? I don't have any other suitable site at the moment, but I could put it back in a pot and move to a shadier site.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,055

    I'd get it in the shade Cheryl. It's not a real acid soil only plant like a rhododendren but it doesn't do well on alkaline soils. Might be worth doing 50/50 ordinary compost and ericaceous to get it going well. Then unless you have very alkaline soil you could try it in the garden when you have a space.

  • hollytreehollytree Posts: 35

    Check it for scale insects too as when they're poorly they're prone to infection by scale.  They look like brown waxy bumps or 'pimples' on the stems and underside of leaves.  You'll probably have to spray with a pest killer to get rid of it.

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