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Mid North Coast,NSW, Australia

I am totally uncertain as to the name of this plant.It seems to be multi branching from low down and is deciduous.The new leaves are huge but get smaller as the tree grows.


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Sydney, Australia

It reminds me of my daughter in law's Native Hibiscus tree
tiliaceus (Cotton Tree)
It is quite a large tree that drops it's leaves in winter and has a pretty lemon flower with a dark centre, I am not into native trees but this caught my eye and so I looked it up ...I am most likely wrong, but if you know anything about growing it for seed or cutting.
I do love rainforest things though and grew black bean trees in 2 of my former gardens and have three small ones here ...they are the "lucky bean" sold as an indoor plant.Mine were grown from the beans that I was allowed to pick up in the Sydney botanical gardens.
Good luck in your search.

Mid North Coast,NSW, Australia

Thanks for your reply chrissy100 it is appreciated.I have had that option of Hibiscus tiliaceus suggested before and I am certain it is not that.
I think it is going to be hard one to track down so I might have to offer a trip to the Greek Isles as a prize for the switched on person who ends up IDing it.LOL
Re the Black Beans-Great to see people growing Aussie Native Rainforest Trees.They do grow to huge proportions so don't plant them unless you do have plenty of space.The flowers are quite interesting also.They do make great indoor plants don't they,at least for a while.

Sydney, Australia

I am on 16 acres :) good luck with the ID

Mid North Coast,NSW, Australia

I think you have plenty of room then-for a whole rainforest in fact.

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Coffs Harbour, Australia

Hey Tarzan, I'm not familiar with your plant, so can't help out, but I have black bean trees too and have put in some golden pendas also. Plenty of room so no worries.

Nowra, NSW,, Australia(Zone 9b)

Definitely not a Rhododendron, nor Hibiscus tiliaceus (and I don't think it is any other Hibiscus). I can see why someone has suggested Grewia, but possibly the leaf venation is not quite right. So, no help at all LOL - sorry.


Kingston, WA

Hi I am here in the pacific Northwest in washington state USA> I have a tree very similat to it I call it a siler leafed linden. It is in the tilia familiy which is similar ro your grewia. The new growth is the same and my leaf is a smig longer than yours is round. Great tree to 40-50' someday. I have had mine planted for 10 years from 2 foot whips and they are maybe 12 feet. I have heard they have fragent flowers that you cant see but just smell. I will look for the latin name but I think that is what it is. Linden and grewia might be close to the same tree just a different continent. Heidi

Kingston, WA

I went and looked at my tilia or linden and it is very close then I looked at the grewia lasiocarpa and that could be close. I think it is in the tilia family though. Good luck whatever it is it is pretty. Heidi

Mid North Coast,NSW, Australia

Thankyou Alistair and Cattledogs for your suggestions I will check them out ASAP.
Here is another image which may assist ID a little more-hopefully.

Mid North Coast,NSW, Australia

Thanks to all who have looked at these images. The plant has been identified now as Styrax obassia.

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