What tree is this?

renee17(7b)March 25, 2012

I'm wondering what kind of tree this is in my backyard:

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Looks like a Photinia.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 6:06PM
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renee17(7b)

Thank you!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2012 at 7:36AM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Could also be Florida Anise. Photinia should be bushier than that.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 11:37AM
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esh_ga

Florida anise has a completely different flower.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 11:56AM
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jay_7bsc(8a)

purpleinopp hit the nail on the head. As esh_ga said, Florida anise (_Illicium floridanum_) has a completely different flower--dangling, star-shaped, maroon--like a lady's eardrop, with a fragrance like a wet dog--hence its common name: Wet Dog Plant. It's one of my favorite native plants. Ours is abloom as I type.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 10:26AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

You're welcome. I've been on a "wrong streak" & almost didn't post this one. Agree with donna it's straggly, though. Probably not enough light now that the trees around it have gotten so big. I only notice them in full or nearly-so sun.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 11:32AM
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