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Mar 26, 2018 1:04 PM CST
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Chicago, Illinois
I'm in NC in the Appalachian MTs.

What type of shrub is this?
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Mar 26, 2018 3:11 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Difficult for me to say. A few closeups of the leaves might help. But I wouldn't be too surprised if someone can't ID it from that picture.
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Mar 26, 2018 3:15 PM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Looks like a magnolia.
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Mar 26, 2018 3:22 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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I think that I see large buds on several branch tips on closer inspection. Rhododendron of some kind?
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Mar 26, 2018 4:58 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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I thought Rhododendron too.
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Mar 26, 2018 6:04 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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My first thought was also Rhododendrons (Rhododendron) One for comparison:
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Mar 27, 2018 6:05 AM CST
Name: Rick R.
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Magnolias have big fuzzy flower buds. Rhododendrons flower buds are glabrous (not fuzzy).
It's a type of rhododendron.
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Mar 27, 2018 9:05 AM CST
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Chicago, Illinois
I was able to take a close up of the leaves. Do you still think rhododendron?
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Mar 27, 2018 9:22 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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I do.
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Mar 27, 2018 10:08 AM CST
Name: Rick R.
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Yes, I still think it is a rhododendron.
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Mar 27, 2018 10:45 AM CST
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Rhododendron.
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Mar 27, 2018 10:56 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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There is no doubt in my mind. It is a Rhododendron.
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Mar 27, 2018 1:02 PM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Heatherb413 said:I was able to take a close up of the leaves. Do you still think rhododendron?
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I do now.
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Mar 27, 2018 9:50 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
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Definitely Rhododendron.
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