Plant ID forum: Unknown shrub - please help!

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Kekas
Apr 19, 2017 12:13 PM CST
We moved into a new house recently and don't know a couple of plants that the previous owners planted. This one seems to be a shrub, that was trimmed almost to the ground. It came back to life in spring and seems to be doing quite well. I really like it and would like to know what it is, so that we could care for it better. We would appreciate your help in identifying this plant. Thank you!

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porkpal
Apr 19, 2017 12:41 PM CST
It would help to know where, in what zone this is growing.
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Kekas
Apr 19, 2017 12:43 PM CST
porkpal said:It would help to know where, in what zone this is growing.


We are near Dallas, Texas.


Kekas
Apr 20, 2017 10:40 AM CST
Kekas said:We moved into a new house recently and don't know a couple of plants that the previous owners planted. This one seems to be a shrub, that was trimmed almost to the ground. It came back to life in spring and seems to be doing quite well. I really like it and would like to know what it is, so that we could care for it better. We would appreciate your help in identifying this plant. Thank you!



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Name: Carter Mayer
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Carter
Apr 20, 2017 11:41 AM CST
How recently did you move into the house? The growth and leaves remind me of forsythia, but you should have seen the shrub covered in yellow flowers before the leaves emerged in early spring. Well, "early spring" by Texas standards, anyway, which means mid/late winter to most of the rest of the US.

I don't know how successfully forsythia would grow in Dallas, though, so not sure if that is really an ID option if it is an established plant. I know we can't grow them well (or really at all) here in Houston.
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greene
Apr 20, 2017 11:49 AM CST
I was thinking Forsythia also but I have no clue if it would grow successfully in that climate.
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Kekas
Apr 20, 2017 12:03 PM CST
Carter said:How recently did you move into the house? The growth and leaves remind me of forsythia, but you should have seen the shrub covered in yellow flowers before the leaves emerged in early spring. Well, "early spring" by Texas standards, anyway, which means mid/late winter to most of the rest of the US.

I don't know how successfully forsythia would grow in Dallas, though, so not sure if that is really an ID option if it is an established plant. I know we can't grow them well (or really at all) here in Houston.


We moved in December. It was nothing but twigs sticking out of the ground. I was waiting to see what it would grow into before deciding what to do with it. There haven't been any flowers on the shrub, nor signs of any coming (I was hoping for a blooming shrub).

Thank you so much for all your help!

Kekas
Apr 20, 2017 12:08 PM CST
greene said:I was thinking Forsythia also but I have no clue if it would grow successfully in that climate.


Thank you for your suggestion!
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plantladylin
Apr 20, 2017 12:15 PM CST
I'm so not good at identifying plants but that one looks so familiar. It sorta reminds me of Esperanza (Tecoma stans)
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lauribob
Apr 20, 2017 12:44 PM CST
Could it be a spirea of some sort?
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Kekas
Apr 20, 2017 12:55 PM CST
plantladylin said:I'm so not good at identifying plants but that one looks so familiar. It sorta reminds me of Esperanza (Tecoma stans)


Thank you. I just googled your suggestion and "forsythia" and I think this one is forsythia. Looking forward to all the blooms next year.

Kekas
Apr 20, 2017 12:56 PM CST
lauribob said:Could it be a spirea of some sort?


Thank you for your help. I think one of the previous suggestions, forsythia, might be what I have.

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