Need help identifying a large shrub

Eugene, OR

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.

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Hamilton, Bermuda

1st thought Pervoskia

Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

Close-ups would help but it puts me in mind of Tamarix.

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

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.?

Paradise, CA(Zone 9a)

Please do come back and post a close up of the leaves! It does resemble some of the small leaved Ceanothus sp. from this image, but hard to say for certain from this image alone.

Austin, TX

There's a relatively new dwarf yaupon holly cultivar that looks a bit like this. Sorry, but I can't remember the cultivar name.

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Looks like a cotoneaster to me

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Opposite branching, so not a Cotoneaster.

Needs close-up pics to get any further.


Cumberland, MD

I've got a Boxwood Blueberry that looks a lot like that.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

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.

Victoria, BC(Zone 8b)


Austin, TX

I think the variety I was thinking of was 'Pride of Houston', but looking at the picture again, I don't think it's even an I. vomitorium. Can we see a closeup picture showing the leaves?

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