Plant ID forum: What plant is this?

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fivefootnine
Feb 18, 2017 11:00 AM CST
I need to know the species of the shrub in the pictures. Location is Des Moines, IOWA. EDIT Thank you silversurfer for the advice, actually I am not at the location of the plant so no further photos can be shot. But I uploaded a close-up that might be sufficient. Click on the image to view larger. Looking at the closeup of the shrub it seem to made of different plants? And the word "rug" was the result of my bad English, I meant "Shrub", obviously two very different things. Thanks for any advices!!
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Silversurfer
Feb 18, 2017 12:14 PM CST
Please can you add a good close up of the leaves to this thread.
By the way...what is a rug plant?

fivefootnine
Feb 19, 2017 3:30 AM CST
Silversurfer said:Please can you add a good close up of the leaves to this thread.
By the way...what is a rug plant?


See attached closeup! Seem to be multiple plants?

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ViburnumValley
Feb 19, 2017 9:59 AM CST
fivefootnine:

Thanks for the clarification on terminology - I too was wondering what the "rug" was.

Thank you also for the closeup, and the proposal that there is more going on here than a single plant.

Instances like this shrub mass - in a public setting where it is likely managed meagerly by non-horticulturists - often results in seedling species growing among the original plants, but getting sheared into a common shape along with the primary species.

The nearest vigorous stems in your last image appear to me to be an Elm seedling of some sort. It has a dentate (toothed) margin on alternately arranged simple leaves. If further zooming was possible, you'd likely note an oblique leaf base on them.

The rest of the majority shrub mass (background) appears to be opposite in leaf arrangement. Since there is no clarity to leaf morphology, buds, and stems - I will only hazard a list of commonly used ornamental plants that are likely used in Des Moines that fit that characteristic.

Forsythia x intermedia, Weigela florida, Euonymus alatus, Hydrangea paniculata, and Lonicera sp. are all utilitarian species that one might see in a location like this.
John

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