Plant ID forum: Multi-trunk small tree with spring white flowers?

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Westsideways
Apr 29, 2017 1:18 PM CST
I need help identifying this bush/tree. It is a multi-trunk plant with white flowers in the spring and peeling bark. We are located in RI. Bees love it.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 29, 2017 2:53 PM CST
Edited to say, just a guess because my eyesight isn't the best. It reminds me of Crepe Myrtles (Lagerstroemia) but I don't even know if they grow that far north.

Do the blooms look anything like those shown here?


Maybe a Prunus species?
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porkpal
Apr 29, 2017 3:09 PM CST
Does crape myrtle grow in RI?
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plantladylin
Apr 29, 2017 3:13 PM CST
porkpal said:Does crape myrtle grow in RI?

I wondered about that ... didn't think they grew that far north but I don't know. My eyes aren't the best and I should have stated it was just a guess .. it's probably something totally different. Smiling

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 29, 2017 3:15 PM CST
Gee, I don't know what's wrong with me ... it's definitely NOT Crepe Myrtle which wouldn't be blooming now ... at least I've never seen one in bloom this early in the season.
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Silversurfer
Apr 29, 2017 3:20 PM CST
Those are seed pods from summer 2016..not flowers.
I wondered about Deutzia sp ...but cannot remember what seed pods look like.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 29, 2017 3:26 PM CST
Yeah, I saw photo #3 and thought they looked like the seed pods of a Crepe Myrtle tree but I've enlarged the photo and they are not those of Lagerstroemia.
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ScotTi
Apr 29, 2017 4:14 PM CST
I am thinking Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.) It has been many moons since I have seen one and I do not remember them having peeling bark.
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Westsideways
Apr 29, 2017 5:44 PM CST
Thank you all for taking a look and responding. I apologize for not having a flowering photo of the plant. My thought initially was a serviceberry too but could not find the exact match online or around the area. Looking at photos and description online it could be Deutzia (TY Silversurfer)! I can probably confirm once it blooms in a few weeks and will repost pic of it in bloom.
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plantladylin
Apr 29, 2017 5:53 PM CST
My eyesight is not great but a couple for comparison:



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sooby
Apr 29, 2017 7:22 PM CST
Silversurfer said:Those are seed pods from summer 2016..not flowers.
I wondered about Deutzia sp ...but cannot remember what seed pods look like.


The fruits of Deutzia look close:

https://www.google.ca/search?q...

Deutzia has opposite leaves too, which fits. (Amelanchier has alternate leaves).
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ViburnumValley
Apr 29, 2017 9:35 PM CST
Thank you, sooby - I hate always being the one to remind to look at opposite vs. alternate prior to suggesting ID species.

This is definitely opposite in arrangement of simple leaves. I think it is Deutzia sp., though I was tempted to suggest Philadelphus sp. except for the leaf margins shown are entire and I think the dried seed heads don't seem to be a good match.

The shabby twigs on last year's growth is an indicator of what Deutzias look like.
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Silversurfer
Apr 30, 2017 2:52 AM CST
Thanks sooby...this image looks like the seed pods in Westsideways 3rd pic.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/2/...

There are many different Deuzia...we will need to wait and see.

Westsideways ....do please add further pics to this thread later in the summer when your shrub looks magnificent.

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