Plant ID forum: White flowering tree

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North Carolina (Zone 7b)
Sep 15, 2017 9:07 AM CST
When I first moved into this house just over a year ago I noticed this tree was dying. Carpenter ants had severely damaged the trunk. I had exterminators take care of the ants and I cut the larger effective areas off and pruned the branches. Now this tree flowers like crazy and I still don’t know what it is despite an exhausted search on the web. Can anyone identify this tree please?
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Sep 15, 2017 10:08 AM CST
Looks like it is a White Rose of Sharon
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North Carolina (Zone 7b)
Sep 15, 2017 11:29 AM CST
I had around 30 Rose of Sharon bushes at my house prior to moving here. I thought this tree had leaves and flowers very much like the bushes at my old place. When I looked it up however I could find no trees that looked like this one so I discounted my first impression it was a Rose of Sharon. It never occurred to me that bushes left alone will grow into a tree. Thanks for your reply.

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