Backyard evergreen plant, no flowers

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Date Photo Taken: 04/06/2019
Location: Marietta, GA
Posted By: David Barry

Notes:

Reposting my March 14th entry “Are these holly seedlings?” with better photos of leaves and bark, these evergreen plants (trees?) are popping up all over my wooded backyard in Cobb County, GA. Previous post was tentatively ID’d as Carolina Cherry Laurel, but no flowers or fruit are visible, and crushing the leaves didn’t produce any remarkable fragrance. New growth on the plant is reddish.

COMMENTS

  1. Witchazel Master Identifier says:

    Maybe Chinese Elm?

    https://www.google.com/search?q=chinese+elm+leaves&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwjpgoKA6sPhAhXLhlMKHXwwCBwQ2-cCegQIABAC&oq=chinese&gs_l=mobile-gws-wiz-img.1.0.35i39j0i30l4.2502.9913..11879…2.0..1.236.2134.17j2j2……0….1…….5..35i304i39j0i13i30.RUMjVPplbW8&ei=j_2sXKn_BMuNzgL84KDgAQ&bih=718&biw=412&client=ms-android-verizon&prmd=isnv

    April 9th, 2019 at 4:18 pm
  2. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Appreciate these follow up great photos! To my eyes the details of leaves & bark are still similar to those of Carolina laurelcherry. These specimens are not be mature enough to produce flowers & fruits. I don’t grow these and can’t tell how many years for P. caroliniana to mature enough to flowers. Check out images of bark & leaves on these link to compare. Again with out flowers to confirm, this is only a suggested ID Perhaps you should take some of these saplings to the local Agricultural Extension Service for ID. Best wishes!
    Scrolling down to the images trunks & barks.

    http://www.carolinanature.com/trees/prca.html

    April 10th, 2019 at 1:44 am
  3. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Scroll down for leaves images of Prunus caroliniana. Click images to enlarges.

    https://www.forestryimages.org/browse/subthumb.cfm?sub=6919

    April 10th, 2019 at 1:46 am
  4. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Link to Agricultural Extension Service for Maietta, GA

    http://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/cobb/agriculture-and-natural-resources.html

    April 10th, 2019 at 1:47 am
  5. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Another possible ID is perhaps the Taiwanese photinia (Photinia serratifolia). Check out these links for their leaves, stems & branches closeup. Although I’m leaning toward the former suggested ID, not having the plant in person; I could be wrong. Comparing the back of the leaves for both genera and see either of these match. Click on images to enlarge. Best wishes!

    https://www.eddmaps.org/distribution/point.cfm?id=2019899

    April 10th, 2019 at 8:32 am
  6. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Second link for Taiwanese photinia.

    http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/ros/photinia_serratifolia.htm

    April 10th, 2019 at 8:33 am
  7. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Flowers image of Taiwansese (Photinia serratifolia.)

    https://www.alabamaplants.com/Whitealt/Photinia_serratifolia_page.html

    April 10th, 2019 at 8:35 am

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