Plant ID forum: ??? what is this beauty??

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WillliamSit
Aug 7, 2016 3:20 AM CST

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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Aug 7, 2016 6:32 AM CST
Welcome to NGA, William!
Could you please tell us where you are located or where this plant is located? That would greatly aid in identification. Any other details like size, leaf and stem structure, etc., will also help. Is it blooming right now?
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porkpal
Aug 7, 2016 7:00 AM CST
Photinia? Ligustrum?
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ardesia
Aug 7, 2016 7:12 AM CST
Reminds me of a Viburnum tinus but I couldn't say which one.
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WillliamSit
Aug 7, 2016 3:41 PM CST
Hi there,

Thank you foraygardengirl, great finding this site!! Thanks everybody. Not sure if we have IDed the plant yet. I live in Melbourne and saw this plant in someone's garden. It is winter about to come to spring now here. Leaf size is about 8-10cm, even larger. Hope this helps, really want to know what this is..here is another photo I've took:)
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WillliamSit
Aug 7, 2016 3:47 PM CST
Though then again maybe we have found it, am real not sure..

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terrafirma
Aug 7, 2016 3:52 PM CST
I agree with Alice. The flowers certainly look like V. tinus... Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus)

Though the leaves? hmmmm....not so sure...
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WillliamSit
Aug 7, 2016 4:09 PM CST
It does. Though the leaves seem to be more structured and more dark and glossy, it's hard to tell. The flowers are also very small, I am thinking they do look like flowers from Photinia...but the red leaves and how the leaves cup the new buds seem a little different (could well be a seasonal difference though).

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WillliamSit
Aug 7, 2016 4:11 PM CST
Photinia does seem like a strong possibility.

Thanks everybody:)
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Aug 8, 2016 4:26 AM CST
In the US, Photinias grow where the winters are mild and the new leaves are brilliant red. You'll know soon enough if it is a Photinia when the new growth starts. As to the viburnum leaves, there are quite a few different V. tinus and the leaves vary.

The shrub in your photo is very attractive. I would want to ID it also. Perhaps you can take the photo or a snip of the plant to your local agricultural extension office or even a local nursery for assistance.
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plantladylin
Aug 8, 2016 6:38 AM CST
There are a few Viburnums that grow in Australia: http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s2064700.htm including V. tinus but it really does resemble Red-Tipped Photinia (Photinia x fraseri)

Maybe:
Red-Tipped Photinia (Photinia 'Red Robin')
http://www.australianplantsonline.com.au/photinia-red-robin....
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Aug 8, 2016 8:32 AM CST
I agree it does look like a Red Tip; we'll have to wait until we see those characteristic red leaves.

I admit I am negative on Photinias as I lived through the blight about 30 years ago when every red tip, except those pruned up like trees, died. Where I lived at the time, they were used as hedges and all of a sudden everyone had rows of dead shrubs.
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Aug 8, 2016 4:12 PM CST
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