I need help identifying this small tree. It was planted as an understory tree...

Asked November 3, 2014, 11:34 AM EST

I need help identifying this small tree. It was planted as an understory tree before I moved to this place - but because it is on the north side of the yard, receives full sun year-round. The height is ~12-15 feet. The trunk branches at the ground, for a cumulative diameter of ~ 1 foot give or take. Individual trunks are 4-5 inches in diameter. The foliage is dark green, with pointy tips, glossy/waxy, and as of early November, very few leaves have changed colors. Those that did turned into a striking crimson (see lower left in the picture). Fruit - as of early November - are small red berries.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

It is possible that the plant in your photo may be photinia. There are several species.
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