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Unknown from a Well Known Collector/Garden

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Jeff Searle, Dec 28, 2010.

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  1. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    This was collected in a garden many years ago, from one of the famous collectors who had a garden back 40-50 years ago. Any ideas on a name? I need help on this one.
     

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  2. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    I'm no help on a name, but that is one beautiful croton...
    The leaves look pretty large?
     
  3. Marie Nock

    Marie Nock Well-Known Member

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    It looks like the picture of Bonita in Brown's book (p.74). What a beauty!
     
  4. Croton Guru

    Croton Guru Banned

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    Nice one :) Looks like just another UnNamed Hybrid, Jeffery as you know there are 1000's of UnNamed Crotons. Just a handful have a legit name, Just enjoy its beauty all Part of collecting my friend :) Its Close to Bonita but no cigar, I had one once in a 10gal. Was Part of my Bachmann collection
     
  5. Borgy230

    Borgy230 Active Member

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    Well if its an hybrid with no name, then name it Jeff!!!!!
     
  6. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Marie,

    I've looked at that picture for over a year now many,many times as this plant was coming along. Bonita was always what I seriously thought it would/could be. Thanks.
     
  7. Croton Guru

    Croton Guru Banned

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    Bonita, Very close bonita.jpg
     
  8. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Dave,

    I think when you look at the lower,older leaves on your plant, it's a dead ringer with my plant in the picture. Thanks!
     
  9. Croton Guru

    Croton Guru Banned

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    Yes Now I looked closely I agree, Similiar enough to Name it :) Good plant
     
  10. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    So who was the famous crotonhead?
     
  11. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Lets just say he's not around anymore.:)
     
  12. Crotonologist

    Crotonologist Active Member

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    OK, but why the big secret???
     
  13. Croton Guru

    Croton Guru Banned

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    :p Good Question
     
  14. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Jeff - it looks real close to a Bonita to me. Marie has an excellent croton eye. How about an updated photo for comparison. :)
     
  15. Crazy for Crotons

    Crazy for Crotons Well-Known Member

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    Jeff,

    I agree with Ron and Marie. It's a dead ringer for Bonita! I thought that one was lost to the history books.
     
  16. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Jeff - it has been nearly 11 months since you posted your photo. How does the plant look today ? How would you rate it's growth ? Collected many years ago as you state in post #1, is it another slow cultivar ?

    An updated photo would be nice. I do not recall you pointing this one out in our sauntering about your collection. :)
     
  17. Jeff Searle

    Jeff Searle Well-Known Member

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    Ron,

    No updated pictures but, when everyone comes over this saturday, we can take a peek. Just someone has to remind me. My brain will be on croton overload as you might imagine. It's showing very nice color, but frankly has not grown too much this past summer. Next spring I'm going to put my first airlayer on it and and then plant it in another spot in the garden. With hopes that it grows faster.
     

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