I recently inherited a garden on my university campus in Buffalo, New York. We think that it's a fruiting plant, but we're not sure what it is. Can anyone help?

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  • @Stephie oh yeah, wow. I was in the sun with my phone when I took this. I couldn't see how bad it was, I'll get some more when I can
    – Throsby
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 18:36
  • Always good questions from @Throsby Is the campus garden?
    – kevinskio
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 19:04
  • @kevinsky Yep! The reason we think it's a fruit-plant (it's not really a bush, not really a vine, we're not sure) is because there's some blueberries off to the right and some raspberries on either side! The rows you can see have beans and peas! It's going to be full garden this year! It's been pretty bad in years past!
    – Throsby
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 20:16
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    I added some photos!
    – Throsby
    Commented May 14, 2016 at 23:42
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    Any blossoms yet? If so, can we expect new photos?
    – Brenn
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 15:50

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I am going to go with my first impression...GARDENIA...not at all sure of the variety. Most of the pictures even looked like the nitrogen deficiency inherent in Gardenia leaves.Gardenia pictures

  • Alrighty, the leaves do look very similar. I'll wait until it flowers to confirm your answer
    – Throsby
    Commented May 17, 2016 at 20:21
  • COOL. Make sure to watch for other answers on this site as well. Bamboo, Kevinsky and Steph will most certainly be giving you answers and they are very good. A larger picture of the buds would help especially the flowering buds. Don't fertilize it with lots of Nitrogen or you might not get flowers for quite awhile. You could prune that long stem off above the majority of those leaves to hurry up the process as well. But wait for the others to answer, grins!!
    – stormy
    Commented May 17, 2016 at 20:33
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    I don't think a Gardenia would have survived a Buffalo winter. :( I too think that this looks like some sort of fruiting shrub. I just can't put my finger on it. Flowers will definitely help. A wild guess by me would be Haskap (Lonicera caerulea).
    – Brenn
    Commented May 18, 2016 at 16:05
  • Oh my bad...duh, didn't read the location. Nope but it kinda does look gardeniaish, grins. I don't know Haskap...I'll go check this guy out I love lonicera genus.
    – stormy
    Commented May 19, 2016 at 7:36
  • Nice guess. The leaves look too thin? The photo by the OP shows thicker leaves of an evergreen broadleaf thing. Which would be tough in Buffalo for sure. Never heard of this plant...nice...Lonicera caerulea, sounds wide spread but is it in the pacific northwest?
    – stormy
    Commented May 19, 2016 at 7:48

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