This was gifted from work but no one here or at the local nursery can identify it.

  • well, it's not an oleander. Is there any smell to the leaves when crushed? What colour is the sap? What colour is the stem and are the older stems a different colour? – kevinsky Nov 21 '13 at 19:30
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    Older stems are woody and resemble the stem of a "money tree". The newer stems are green, there is no sap and the scent is a fresh green smell. – Marsha Nov 21 '13 at 19:50

I have an avocado plant and this looks like it.

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    Please add some detail: what characteristics of the plant make you think it's an avocado. – Niall C. Nov 23 '13 at 23:23
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    avocado leaves are normally wider with more prominent veins. – kevinsky Nov 24 '13 at 0:09

Could this be a garden croton? We have one at home that has narrow leaves attached to the woody stem in this way. It tends to stay dark green when grown in a shady area/does not get any full sun.

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