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peasnrice wrote: There are several small trees on some wooded land in East Tennessee that I am having difficulty identifying with local tree keys. I've been searching online to see if they are an invasive species, and they look similar to some kind of ironbark eucalyptus. I've never seen one in person though so there's a good chance I'm wrong.
These pictures were taken in the last two weeks. The young leaves are soft, blue-silver, and grow in a slightly crumpled cluster. The older leaves are narrow, smoother, opposite, and more green. The young twigs are white and pink. There are dried tiny flowers on them with small lance shaped seeds inside. The trees tend to grow very close together, or are possibly mutli-trunked. The trees are surviving, even spreading, despite the frosts, but the foliage is still sparse (although most of the trees have no leaves at all here in January).
Thank you so much for any assistance! I've been trying to solve this puzzle for weeks.