Plant ID forum: native azalea? or not?

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Denton, Texas
mereid
Mar 15, 2018 9:44 PM CST
My Virginia friends insist this is a native azalea. I'm not quite convinced for several reasons. The stamen/stigma don't look right for azalea, the leaf is slightly serrated, and the soil it's growing in is fairly alkaline clay. This pretty flower/shrub appeared in my back yard, growing between a boulder and a cottonwood tree. We've been living here about six years, and we've never seen this before. The leaves appear to be opposite, and the flowers have five petals... I can find lots of things that look similar, but none that have the dark colored center (most similar flowers seem to have yellow or white stamen/stigma)

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TIA!
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tofitropic
Mar 15, 2018 10:02 PM CST
looks like a peach blossom, sorry I am not familiar with nontropical and only saw few them occasionally in the past, but it sure like peach or cherry blossom or related prunus.
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DaisyI
Mar 15, 2018 10:47 PM CST
It is something from the Prunus genus. Does it stay small like an Azalea? We have quite a few on the west coast that are members of Prunus but are shrubs.
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Denton, Texas
mereid
Mar 16, 2018 6:29 AM CST
DaisyI said:It is something from the Prunus genus. Does it stay small like an Azalea? We have quite a few on the west coast that are members of Prunus but are shrubs.


This is the first year we've noticed it, so it remains to be seen how big it gets, but it looks like it will probably grow into a small shrub. It's on the side of the tree toward the fence where there is a rock bank, so not an area of the yard I frequently visit (I'll be putting a barrier around this plant to keep my stepson's dogs from destroying it though... it's pretty!).

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