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Apple Peel

Bedford, VA

Has anyone ever heard of a type of hoya referred to as apple peel or apple peeling? It grew on a long vine, with red, green, and cream on the leaves. My husband's grandmother had it, and she passed away before I joined the family. Several members of the family are looking for it, but the best I can help is thinking it was a hoya. Any ideas?

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Interesting ~ probably an old time name for a beautiful plant.
I will watch, hoping you get a response.

Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

sounds like H. carnosa --possibly H. carnosa variegata aka H. carnosa 'Tricolor'.

DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL(Zone 8b)

I was thinking the same thing, some "new name" I was thinking maybe for Variegated rope hoya....I can see someone calling that apple peel.


DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL(Zone 8b)

This is why I was thinking Variegated Rope Hoya...An apple peel curls as it's peeled off the apple..
This is my variegated rope hoya.

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Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

You could be right. Yours is so pretty. I have just the plain one. My variegated one froze last winter.

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

The leaves are very pretty with the pink edging. Is that one fragrant?

DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL(Zone 8b)

This one is a little touchier than the plain green one.

Very slight fragrance that I've only noticed if it was in the greenhouse and got really close to it.

Bedford, VA

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Awww ~ I was visualizing a lush green Hoya with red tinged vines with strong colors of red, green and cream on the leaves. How pretty that would be... lol

What do you think of this one NotTheMomma?

I never saw the plant, but from my aunt, and my great aunt, they are both thinking THIS is it!!!! No one in the family knew the 'real' name for it. Apparently Granny only called it apple peel. My guess was a hoya....but I spent HOURS looking at hoyas and there are so many of them! As typical as well, some remember it having curly leaves, others remember straight. From reading, the leaves can be curly depending on lack of sun, or water as well. I'll keep ya posted after a few more family members look at the photos.

THANKS SO VERY MUCH to EVERYONE that responded!!! What a help you all have been!!!!!

This message was edited Nov 5, 2011 6:34 PM

DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL(Zone 8b)

Rope hoya's will be curly, no matter how much sun. IF it's variegated rope hoya, and it's getting some sun, it can have red/green/white. The red shows up more if it's getting more sun, NOT all Hoya's want to grow in the shade.

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