Plant ID forum: Please help to ID these shrubs

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Name: Donner
Damascus, MD (Zone 7a)
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Nov 21, 2016 9:42 PM CST

A friend bought a house in NY and asked me to help ID the shrubs. Does anyone recognize them? The first 4 photos are of the same plants. The one in the last photo has variegated leaves.

The photos were taken only a few days ago. So the shrubs are probably evergreen.

Any advice? Thank you!

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Name: Carter Mayer
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Nov 21, 2016 9:54 PM CST
The first look possibly like some variety of rhododendron. The last, I'm not sure. I'd guess maybe some variety of hydrangea, but as mentioned, that's kind of a guess.
Name: John
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Nov 21, 2016 10:56 PM CST
Last one is a variegated Weigela florida.
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Nov 22, 2016 12:46 PM CST
I agree with Carter on some variety of rhododendron. When they bloom in spring, it would be far easier to give a more spot on ID.
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Name: Sherry Austin
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Nov 22, 2016 1:01 PM CST
I also think the first pictures are of a Rhododendron. I believe the last one is a variegated hydrangea, not Weigela..
Here's my variegated Weigela and a database picture of the Hydrangea. Weigela has a creamy variegation, whereas the Hydrangea's is a clean white.
In either case, it appears you'll find out one way or another in the Spring.

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Name: Donner
Damascus, MD (Zone 7a)
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Donnerville
Dec 4, 2016 10:40 PM CST

Thank you all for the information! This will help my friend a lot!

My first thought of the dark plants wwas azaleas, but the upright branches in the third photo was a bit confusing. Maybe they were new growths? Or some varieties have this type of plant form?

Sherry, very pretty flowers! We will see what my friend's shrub will produce next year. Green Grin!

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