Bush identification question

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Old 04-26-08, 12:04 PM
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Talking Bush identification question

Hi,
I'm in Boston and there are some fairly huge leafy-like bushes that I would like to get but I don't know what they're called.
Is there a website I can browse that isn't trying to sell me stuff? This particular bush stays green throughout the winter but doesn't have a "stiff" leaf. Right now it has dark pink little flowers on them and I want to say they maybe get a little reddish to the leaf in the Fall... not sure. But they seem to get pretty tall (like 7' and wide- almost round) I don't think they're trees though.
any help is appreciated. i need something for privacy along a fence.
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Old 04-26-08, 03:30 PM
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You could ask the owner of the property where you see them to tell you what the plants are. You could take a mature leaf to a nursery for identification.
 
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Old 04-26-08, 07:37 PM
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Post photo at www.photobucket.com or other and post link for further discussion.
 
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Old 04-26-08, 09:37 PM
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Rhododendron is evergreen and could be in bloom there now. The leaves often change color in winter. Does it look anything like any of these?
http://www.thetrustees.org/images/full/3629.jpg
http://images.google.com/images?hl=e...h+Images&gbv=2

If the leaves are smaller then those, maybe Azalea. There are evergreen azaleas. The leaves are much smaller then the Rhodos and often are tinged with red in winter.
http://images.google.com/images?gbv=...=Search+Images

Maybe an evergreen Viburnum?
http://images.google.com/images?hl=e...-8&sa=N&tab=wi

You might want to call some local arboretums and ask what shrubs are in bloom now that fit your description. The Arnold Arboretum has a hotline you can call.
http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/plants/plants.html
http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/
http://www.thetrustees.org/pages/282_bradley_estate.cfm

If you can take a picture it would definately help. If you find out, we'd love to know what it is.

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Old 05-07-08, 02:50 PM
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I don't have a digital camera. It's definitely not Rhodedendrons (?sp) I grew up with those- and their leaves are kinda rubbery.
I like the idea of taking a "sample" to a neaby nursery. OR- I do have a Polaroid camera- so I can try that too.
The bushes are on the side of a commercial bldg so I doubt anybody there would know what they are.
They're hearty though and if not too pricey would be nice along my crumby fence.
I'll ck out the other arboretum sites too.
thank you.
deb
 
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Old 05-08-08, 09:38 AM
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Deb, I'd love to know what you find out. I've thought of more shrubs but none of the ones I've come up with are evergreen.

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Old 05-08-08, 04:37 PM
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I'll try to get to it this weekend and let you know!
They're definitely green or reddish leaved in the Winter.
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