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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Tree with green, fuzzy, red-edged leaves

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San Francisco, CA
(Zone 10a)

October 1, 2012
6:26 PM

Post #9292931

This tree is growing in my back yard. It's about 10 feet tall and is getting to be very wide. The branches have a soft fuzz on them, and the leaves are extremely soft, fuzzy, and floppy. The leaves grow opposite and are simple. They tend to grow towards the end of the branch, and a few leaves pop out from the tip of each branch. The leaves are green when viewed from the top, and green with visible white veins underneath. Most of the leaves have a red edge, and they turn completely red before falling off. I haven't seen any sort of fruit or flower on this tree in the 4 1/2 years I've lived here.

I haven't noticed this tree turning colors and dropping all its leaves at once in the fall, but I do live in San Francisco, so it may behave differently here than it would if it were in a place with seasons.

Thank you!

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Beautiful, BC
(Zone 9b)

October 1, 2012
6:48 PM

Post #9292960

Tibouchina urvilleana


Beautiful, BC
(Zone 9b)

October 1, 2012
7:30 PM

Post #9293025

ps. They don't like sun on the roots so if you can plant some groundcover that keeps the roots cool and give it a bit of regular moisture, it should bloom. The other thing is that they need regular pruning to look decent.
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 1, 2012
7:37 PM

Post #9293032

Also they're supposed to be evergreen--it's normal for evergreen plants to lose some older leaves from time to time, but if it's losing a lot then I'd investigate whether there might be a problem going on (insects, disease, too much water, etc).

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