Plant ID forum: Tree and plant ID, West Tennessee

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Booster
Feb 2, 2017 1:45 PM CST
Tree with feeding cedar waxwings.

Abundant plant. Thanks
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 2, 2017 2:17 PM CST
My thought is that its some kind of pear tree. Or maybe a crabapple. My first guess is pear, though.
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Feb 2, 2017 3:13 PM CST
Don't think its a crab.
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
Feb 2, 2017 8:51 PM CST
The first three pictures are of a large shade tree in flower, Red Maple (Acer rubrum) or Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum). The Cedar Waxwings are catching bugs in/around the flowers.

Those last two images are of some other plant entirely, which I don't know. Looks like an herbaceous plant of some sort, leftover dried remains from last growing season.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 2, 2017 10:18 PM CST
Viburnum, You're so smart! I was wondering when the photo was taken that the flowers were already dried. I figured the waxwings were eating bugs though.
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Henhouse
Feb 3, 2017 12:17 PM CST
I agree that the first pictures are of a Maple.

I thought the second pictures might have been Russian Sage (Perovskia), but it looks too thick and just doesn't look right.. Veronicastrum is the only other tall perennial that I can think of that has masses of spiky flowers... but I'm not sure about that either... The stems don't look square, so I'd rule out Perovskia... and other sages if that is correct. A picture of the whole plant, its height, and where it's growing would be helpful in identifying...
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