I have 2 shrubs in my yard I need to ID. We just bought a house and the plants were in the yard. The one with the red on it is really pretty (when not in bloom) and I recognize the other but can't remember what its called. I'm hoping they are safe shrubs, I have 2 dogs and don't want to pull them out. Please help me identify these plants!
SOLVED: Help me ID
your first one looks like Pieris, perhaps P. formosa. It is somewhat toxic, but really not attractive to dogs - only a danger to grazing animals that are very hungry.
Edit: the second one looks like a Camelia; no danger.
FWIW, both look malnourished and sunburned - they would greatly benefit from a winter feeding with an acid fertilizer.
This message was edited Jan 10, 2013 6:56 PM
Oh wow, thank you!
I googled the Camelia and the Pieris and they are a match and both are DEFINITELY staying.
We just bought the house 3 weeks ago and since it's during the rain/hail season here we haven't had a chance to work on the yard. But when its finally sunny, I'm attacking the yard and fixing it up, these 2 beauties also.