Mystery Shrub

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Date Photo Taken: July 5, 2011
Location: Rockwall, TX
Posted By: LMS0214



Need help identifying this shrub in our front yard. The natural shape of the bush is rounded abour 3-4 ft in height/width. It does not bloom, nor produce fruit/berries. It is evergreen.

We live in Northeast Texas and this shrub is commonly seen in some commercial landscaping (Scholtszky’s and Target). As you will see in our pictures, 1 bush is fine and the other bush has died (very slowly, took about a year to get to the point in this picture). It’s the same case in the commercial landscaping where I see this bush as well (about 50% alive and 50% dead).

Any idea what the name of this shrub is? We would like to replace it and aren’t sure if we should replace with the same shrub or go with something else if this shrub has common health problems?


  1. stone Unregistered says:

    Looks like a privet or a boxwood, or holly, or some similar yucky space-holder.
    I always advocate recognizing an opportunity when those space-holders finally die, and plant something that you will actually enjoy.

    You can plant pansies after taking out the bush for now, to enjoy over the winter… and/or think about bushes that bloom / fruit.

    If I was doing the job, I’d take them all out now, rather than waiting for them to die one by one, (they will).

    October 19th, 2011 at 12:46 pm
  2. loganator Unregistered says:

    That is Indian Hawthorn , Rhaphiolepis sp.
    Might not see the flowers or fruit because of the pruning. There is a fungal leaf disease that can cause problems with defoliation. Replace with dwarf Nandina or small holly

    November 4th, 2011 at 1:05 am

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