Plant ID forum: What is this shrub/tree?

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Washington, DC
Sep 1, 2017 4:03 PM CST
I found this in Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. Can anyone tell me what it is?
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Name: Archivesgirl
Salisbury, MD (Zone 7b)
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Critters Allowed Region: Maryland Birds
Frogs and Toads
Sep 1, 2017 5:18 PM CST
Welcome! @irOnma1den,

I can't identify what it is but I think that Megan Nortrup of the National Capital Region Network can. They are part of the National Park Service and are responsible for monitoring Rock Creek Park. I think if you send her your photos in an email and identify what part of Rock Creek Park you were in, she'd be able to identify it for you. I've included a link on Rock Creek Park that includes a link to her email. Good luck and I'm sorry I can't help further. I'm originally from the Washington, DC Metro Area.

Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
Birds Echinacea Composter Foliage Fan Hummingbirder Bee Lover
Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Critters Allowed Cat Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers Dragonflies
Sep 1, 2017 6:06 PM CST
I think it might be Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel).
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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Sep 2, 2017 11:47 AM CST
I agree with Muddy1 that this is something in the Ericaceae family, which I never get to see much over here in the limestone land of calciferous Viburnum Valley.

If not a Mountain-laurel, then it may be one of the various Vaccinium sp.

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