What should this one's name be?

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by annafl, Jul 19, 2014.

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  1. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    This is a gorgeous croton. Quite a few people on this forum have it, so it's been distributed. I think Ray was the one to find it and was told by Bob Alonzo that maybe it was an Aubrey Christian hybrid, but he didn't know the name. I've seen it referred to as 'The Finest Unknown'. I'd love to put it in the wiki, but don't know what to call it. What do you say?
     

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  2. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    I don't have one:(
     
  3. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

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    Keith (along with Ray) brought me a rooted cutting of this croton the last time they visited. It was what Ray called it so the tag remains: "The Finest Unknown". I may recall that Ray said he found this plant many years ago growing in St. Pete or Tampa. The historical name is still unknown, if there ever was one. Ray is a purist for historical names and is reluctant to name it. Its a really eye catching plant that I feel its about time that he name it after his wife or daughter - of course with its history as a foot note.

    Just my opinion.
     
  4. annafl

    annafl Esteemed Member

    These are Ray's photos that he posted on the forum years ago. I wonder what the plant is doing now? I got a small one from Keith recently. It just had its very first flush and I love it. It will take years before it looks like that, though. Fortunately, I'm a patient soul.:GardenLoveI wish it had a name. Next time we see Ray maybe we should prod him?
     
  5. kurt decker

    kurt decker Well-Known Member

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    ray should give it a name for sure. it would allow everyone to know they were talking about the same plant. if the guys who figure these things out come up with the historical name, it can be changed. great looking plant.
     
  6. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    I do now:)

    Thanks Ron!
     
  7. Native son

    Native son Well-Known Member

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    image.jpg This is the top of a very old stop light in the backyard.
     
  8. Kingdavid

    Kingdavid Esteemed Member

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    Is this the SAME ? 2 pics of the same plant , it is quite old maybe 25 years in a planter 076.JPG 005.JPG
     
  9. Native son

    Native son Well-Known Member

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    Looks the same to me Dave, they go thru color changes as they age. That said it will fire out great branches as well.
     
  10. Phil Stager

    Phil Stager Well-Known Member

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    All of the above pics look like well-grown Stoplights to me. Mine change color throughout the year starting with the orangy pinks on some in spring and changing to the crimson reds and then to darker reds.
     

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