Not a tree but a very tall bush.
SOLVED: Looks like a dogwood flower, kind of!
I'm not awesome with my shrubs, but it looks like a Dogwood to me....
Pacific Dogwood Cornus nuttallii - the only dogwood that commonly has more than 4 bracts per flowerhead.
Thanks for looking Resin.
I was looking at Pacific Dogwood before I posted here. I have never seen it in person but by the pics, I didn't think the leaves matched though the flowers look similar. See the leaf in the first picture in the first post, it is shiny and pointed and looks heavier than the leaf I see in the pics of Pacific Dogwood.
Here is a picture from http://www.rainyside.com/features/plant_gallery/nativeplants/Cornus_nuttallii.html
compared to a better look of my leaves.
This message was edited May 22, 2009 1:43 PM
Must admit I was wondering a bit about the leaves when I looked the first time. I was going to say Cornus capitata, an evergreen species from the Himalaya & southern China, as the leaves fit that well, but when I compared pics, the flowerheads didn't match so well (they should be more like Cornus kousa, with strictly 4 bracts, often fairly pointed).
I'm not aware of any C. capitata × C. nuttallii hybrids, but if they exist, that would fit your plant best of all. And no reason why they shouldn't exist, as some other Asia-America dogwood hybrids do exist (e.g. C. florida × C. kousa).
Here's Cornus capitata for comparison: http://www.themagnolias.co.uk/images/feb-2006/cornus-capitata-fls.jpg
Note the similar leaves, but different flowerheads
The Cornus x rutgersensis hybrids have four bracts on the flower, not the several-more-than-four that Kell shows in the first photo.
Could it not even be a dogwood? Though it reminded me of dogwood, I really had the feeling it was not one. Also the petals do not have the dark indentation that most dogwoods have at the end.
Could it be a mock orange?
Nope, not a mock-orange; definitely a dogwood.
I have one.. my granmama had them when I was growing up...she called them Japenese dogwood..my aunt has them too.(Cornus kousa) they are a shrub very pretty but I am partual to dogwoods my favorite...
Definitely a Dogwood, but not a Japanese.
This message was edited May 25, 2009 9:49 PM
Thanks all! A mystery still. I think I will print this out and take it to a few nurseries and see if they know.
All this time later I finally got an answer thru a neighbor of the owners of this tree. I ran across the pictures again so I emailed their neighbor again to inquire. Resin was right! I was told tonight it is a Cornus capitata aka Himalayan dogwood. He also directed me to a much larger one in the same neighborhood. Another reason to want spring to be here.
I learned long ago, you never doubt Resin :)
Can we mark this one "solved"?
I was just waiting a bit to see if there would dissent but it seems like all are good with it.