Plant ID forum: Shrub in my yard - what is it?

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Name: Daniel
Bellingham, WA
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danieltjohnson
Jul 10, 2017 3:34 PM CST
This is in my yard, and it's next to a pear tree, so maybe someone planted it. I don't know what it is. Currently, it looks shrub-like, though maybe it would grow taller?

I had trouble using ID keys because I can't tell if the leaves are alternate, opposite, or whorled. I see some of each.

Any help appreciated. Thanks!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 10, 2017 3:43 PM CST
Looks like a Quince
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Name: Daniel
Bellingham, WA
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danieltjohnson
Jul 10, 2017 8:23 PM CST
That sounds like a very good suggestion. At first, I didn't think it looked like fruiting quince. But, I think it might be a flowering quince (different genus). I saw this photo online, which looks almost exactly the same (labeled as Chaenomeles):
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Mine is next to a pear tree, but it is also next to a Japanese Maple, and ground cover of periwinkle. We just bought this place, and it was all overgrown with salmonberry now, but it looks like someone tried to put in a little garden here a few years ago or more. (I wish they hadn't done the periwinkle. It has taken over). The Japanese Maple is struggling in the mossy wet forest of Washington. This "quince" looks like it's struggling too, but I'll try to give them some love.

Once I see some flowers, then I will be more certain, but I think you are correct. Thanks! Hurray! Thank You!

Name: Sherry Austin
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Jul 11, 2017 2:00 AM CST
I would say Chaenomeles too. You'll have a nice surprise with the flowers next Spring.
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Name: Daniel
Bellingham, WA
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danieltjohnson
Jul 12, 2017 8:28 AM CST
Great. Thank you both! I have trimmed away all the salmonberry that was covering it up. I'll do some pruning this winter, as it seems to be quite spindly right now. I'm looking forward to spring. This bush is right outside the kitchen window, so it should be quite pretty in spring. If I remember to, I'll try to come back here next spring and post a photo of it in bloom.

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