I work at a museum in Oregon that focused on native plants, and we've got this shrub at the end of the pathway that we don't know the identify of. There are two, so it looks like it was planted intentionally. If anyone can help me out I'd be so grateful. We need to know if this guy is a Pacific Northwest native or not, and yank it out if its introduced.
Yes - reply to your own posting, and add one image each time.
The arrangement appears opposite and ranked, which would eliminate Tamarix. All the Perovskia I know (Perovskia atriplicifolia) have much more feathery incised leaves.
That plant looks like one of the stiff xeric species one might find at higher altitude or in the dry eastern parts of Oregon (and elsewhere). Like one of the "-brush" group: buckbrush, rabbitbrush, antelopebrush, bitterbrush, etc.
Maybe a Snowberry (Symphoricarpos sp.)? Or a Ceanothus sp.?
Hi Dan. Perhaps this site will prove useful to you. It is a list of native trees and shrubs compiled by Oregon Stae Univ. It has a number of pictures and reference material including introduced species.