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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Thought I planted an avocado, but it has serrated leaves!?

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emilycrafting
Wedgefield, FL

January 29, 2013
12:42 PM

Post #9401469

I've grown a lot of avocado seeds at home, but this one was different! I thought it might be a Pinkerton avocado because of the small seed size (and I think I remember buying an elongated avocado a while back), but I've never seen an avocado with serrated leaves. Anyone have any ideas? It grew kinda funny when I put it in water to sprout, too.

Thanks!

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nel5397
Groveland, FL

January 29, 2013
3:44 PM

Post #9401761

that is either a small oak tree or a loquat seeding.

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

January 29, 2013
8:12 PM

Post #9402099

Sure looks a lot like an oak, sprouted from an acorn.

You can see remnants of the seed behind that stem - show some more closeups of that. I don't know Loquat at all, but there must be some differences between the seed of that species and an acorn.
Vestia
San Francisco, CA

January 30, 2013
7:20 PM

Post #9403291

agreed. def not a loquat.
TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 30, 2013
8:38 PM

Post #9403354

Looks like an oak seedling to me... did you leave it outdoors where it's accessible to squirrels?
emilycrafting
Wedgefield, FL

February 17, 2013
1:00 PM

Post #9422139

The seed didn't look like an acorn when I planted it, it didn't have a hard shell - although I realize the leaves do look like oak leaves. My roommate says he had some acorns he had collected that might have gotten mixed in with my avocado seeds, but it really looked like a small (but not too small to be an) avocado seed (but really big if it was an acorn)! It sprouted from the middle, close to the top of the seed, vice growing from the middle-lower region like an avocado. It split just like an avocado seed when it sprouted in the cup of water. The stem has a fuzz to it, too, if that helps. I'm letting it grow, just to see, but so far, it still looks oak-y...

Thanks!

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emilycrafting
Wedgefield, FL

February 17, 2013
1:22 PM

Post #9422155

Here is another photo of the seed... I hope it isn't an oak - I'm allergic to oak trees!!

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ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

February 17, 2013
4:11 PM

Post #9422326

That looks exactly like the two halves of what is inside an acorn's shell.

Don't know my avocados, though...

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 17, 2013
4:39 PM

Post #9422353

Yep, definitely an oak seedling!

Resin

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 18, 2013
7:15 PM

Post #9423758

Not big enough for even a small avocado- though they split same way...oak

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