Plant ID forum: Small tree budding out

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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Feb 15, 2016 9:15 PM CST
This tree is growing in the backyard of a house DD and family have bought. They were planning to cut the tree down because it looked dead. I hate for them to take it out. The seeds are about 1/2" and black. It is full of tiny white bud on the limbs. The tree is about 10' tall. The previous owners didn't water the backyard for a year. With the rain we've had it has perked up. I know I'll slap my head when someone IDs it. I took pics in full sun, so the tree pic isn't very clear. The trunk has bark like an oak.

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Feb 16, 2016 7:54 AM CST
I am not sure but it looks like Cherry Laurel http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=PRCA
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Feb 16, 2016 8:22 AM CST
Thanks, Josephine. It does look like it is Cherry Laurel. I will pass this along to daughter. Any tree that survives a prolonged drought should be allowed to continue to thrive. Thumbs up
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Feb 16, 2016 11:04 AM CST
Yep, I agree it looks like the Cherry Laurel. But you may not enjoy the tree's ability to survive and thrive...look under the tree for tiny seedings and saplings; the juvenile leaves may have tiny teeth and look different than the adult leaves. This tree is very pretty but can be aggressive.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Feb 16, 2016 11:25 AM CST
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Feb 16, 2016 12:10 PM CST
I have a few of those and they do make seedlings but I pot them up and use them in our native plant sales.
It is one of our few native evergreen trees. Smiling Smiling
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