What’s this tree?


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We have those on campus, so no it's not one of those. I'm thinking it could be a cherry laurel that is struggling and not able to produce regular flowers. I'll take some more pictures tomorrow and see if they give anyone some ideas.
 
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Hope we can solve this soon, it`s bugging me. I really don`t like Cherry Laurel, had to propagate thousands of them at work and decided they were probably the most boring plant on earth. I have (gladly) never noticed one growing at full height, as most seem to be used as a dull and boring hedge here. I suppose if those buds do open up a bit it will determine the matter.
So! the saga continues.
Will you eventually cut it down?
 
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Probably not. I know in most of the civilized world it's so common and dull, but here it's a novelty and where it is there's no call for anything real showy.
 
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I went out and got some more pictures to show more detail.
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stem is rough with many small lenticels. Left leaf is under surface, right leaf is upper (petiole removed so it would lay flat)
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The new growth varies from just a blush of red to bright red on the lightest green ones. Pointed buds on the stem are quite noticeable. There are many 2-year-old leaves that have fallen in the last few days. It’s was in the 90s a few days last week and the tree is pushing out lots of new growth. I could not find any identifiable fruits or seeds underneath it. I’ll keep watching to see if it produces any.
I really thought this would be easier to figure out. I thought someone would take one look and say “That’s a xxxx and as common as dirt“.
 
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Well, I think I might have the answer to it’s identity. I asked on another forum and someone there pointed me to Bamboo-leaf Oak (Quercus myrsinifolia). I was not expecting an Oak of all things!o_O I’ll be watching for acorns or any other fruit/seeds just to be sure.
Thanks to all who helped and took the time to get involved in the search.
 
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Well that was interesting! I wasn`t that far out :smug:... there are about 500 different species of Oak. Your soil there must be quite acid then if it`s myrsinifolia
 
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Good luck with that ! I would be interested to know how, and indeed if you have success. I`ve always fancied growing Rhododendrons, but haven`t bothered to try as we are on chalk.
 

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