Is anybody good at identifying plants from leaves?

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David Dickinson

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Is anybody good at identifying plants from leaves?
« on: May 16, 2020, 10:59:16 PM »
This cutting appeared in a pot last year. It produced a stem with a few leaves and then died back for the winter. This year it has produced a new stem that shows no sign of growing any more than it did last year.  I remember taking cuttings from a hydrangea a while back but I presumed that none of those had taken. And if I recall it was an oak-leaved variety. Perhaps I had better take it out of the direct sun?
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

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John J

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Re: Is anybody good at identifying plants from leaves?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2020, 05:09:45 AM »
David, when I saw your photo the first thing that came to mind was Clerodendrum bungei. They spread from suckers and die back in the winter for us before starting back into growth at this time. Just a wild guess.
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David Dickinson

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Re: Is anybody good at identifying plants from leaves?
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2020, 10:07:25 AM »
You could very well be right John. I did take a cutting of that too a couple of years ago and I had completely forgotten. Let's see. Well spotted  :)
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.