blooming FLA shrub/tree?

ellisgardener(zone7 NC)March 11, 2013

we're at a loss for a name for this flowering shrub/tree blooming now in Inverness Fla....... can anyone help us out?

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thedecoguy

Photinia sp?

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 12:23PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i was going to say thats one ugly flower.. but from the link.. i see the beauty of this plant is not its flowers ...

do they smell as ugly as they look ??? ... lol ...

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 1:34PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Flowers don't look right to me for Photinia. More like a Prunus. P caroliniana or similar.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 2:40PM
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thedecoguy

I must admit Flora i was split between Prunus and Photinia.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 2:58PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I agree that this is P. Caroliniana, cherry laurel.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 3:35PM
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texasflip(Nacogdoches, TX z8)

Yeah, P. caroliniana. They are blooming here as well. Tear up a leaf and see if it smells like cherries.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 10:27PM
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ellisgardener(zone7 NC)

someone mentione Bay tree... anyone go with that?... haven't tried the leaf thing yet....

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 11:06AM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Not Bay, I third the P. caroliniana ID.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 12:02PM
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esh_ga

You should be able to google for bay tree flower pics and compare yourself. I think the scientific name for bay tree is Laurus nobilis so google for "Laurus nobilis flowers".

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 2:18PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Definitely the Prunus, none of the others have white flowers of exactly the same structure arranged in spike-like clusters. The Laurus doesn't even have similar leaves, Persea (red bay etc.) are different also.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 2:30PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

This is definitely not Bay. They are two a penny round here and the flowers look nothing like this.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 3:36PM
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ellisgardener(zone7 NC)

thanks, all!!... seems laurel is the consensus!!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2013 at 6:49AM
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