Plant ID forum: Plant Identification

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Bob1441
Aug 4, 2016 2:47 PM CST
My parents have put me in charge of taking care of their yard and helping them with cataloging what they have and when to trim it etc. However, I can't seem to identify one of the plants. It has longer almost magnolia/ rhododendron looking leaves, but has some green berry/acorn looking things on it. It currently is about 7 feet tall and about that wide as well. It is definitely some sort of evergreen bush, but i can't figure it out. Any help would be appreciated. Here is a picture.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 4, 2016 3:07 PM CST
Hi Bob1441, Welcome!

Can you give us an idea of what country, part of the country this is growing? That will help narrow down and exact ID. The leaves remind me a bit of Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) but that's just a wild guess.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 4, 2016 3:09 PM CST
Except for the acorn-looking things, it might be Red Tip photinia.
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plantladylin
Aug 4, 2016 3:13 PM CST
That fruit doesn't look like Red-Tipped Photinia (Photinia x fraseri) to me but I wonder if it could be another type of Red Tips/Photinia?
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Aug 4, 2016 3:46 PM CST
Looks like cleyera japonica...
Hate that stuff.
(Zone 8b)
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sallysmom
Aug 4, 2016 4:30 PM CST
I agree with stone. Looks like cleyera.
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plantladylin
Aug 4, 2016 5:22 PM CST
Good eye @stone! There's only this one photo in the database of C. japonica so I hope Bob1441 will consider adding his lovely pictures!
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 4, 2016 6:06 PM CST
Ternstroemia gymnanthera ?
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"

Bob1441
Aug 4, 2016 8:34 PM CST
I live in Georgia, just north of Atlanta. From what you guys have suggested it definitely seems to be the cleyera japonica. You can have the pictures for the database! If there is anything I need to do to add them just let me know! Thanks everyone.

Edit: Looking at the one Greene has suggested Ternstroemia gymnanthera, I think that has to be it as the one as it is mentioned here http://floridata.com/Plants/Theaceae/Ternstroemia%20gymnanth... with having a green berry that turns red.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 5, 2016 11:56 AM CST
The two plants are very similar. This link tells that looking at the terminal bud will help make the correct identification; one has a rounded bud, the other has a pointed and hooked bud:
http://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-datab...
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"

Bob1441
Aug 7, 2016 4:13 PM CST
The buds are rounded on my plant so I guess that makes it Ternstroemia gymnanthera. Thanks everyone for the help!

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