ID - Oregon non-indiginous evergreen shrub (?)

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  1. M. D. Vaden

    M. D. Vaden Active Member 10 Years

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    While out photographing evergreens I recognize at a local college campus ... spotted this big shrub size plant that I don't know the ID for. It was about 6 feet / 2 meters tall. Sort of open, not too dense, round with tidy branches and twigs.

    Non-indiginous to our particular area I think. Sort of has yew-like foliage, but does not seem at all like the local Taxus in the woods around here.

    I'm guessing those who see this photo and know, with recognize at the drop of a hat.

    Name?

    Thanks from Oregon.
     

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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Definitely Callistemon of some sort. Was it in bloom at all when you saw it, or just in bud? I ask because flower colour will go a long way to determining species. Also, what do the leaves smell like when you crush them?
     
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    M. D. Vaden Active Member 10 Years

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    Just took the photo yesterday, approaching middle of winter.

    Had not smelled the foliage. Does Callistemon have a certain scent?

    It does look like the Callistemon, especially the 3rd LINK images that Silver Surfer posted.

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    It's Myrtaceae family, so leaves have essential oils that get released when you crush them.

    I'm glad you posted that - I knew it looked familiar too but I FORGOT, though Nadia has posted the Callistemon citrinus at UBCBG. I could not believe how little useful information I got searching for angiosperm with needles, and even if I'd used the proper term "linear leaf", this still does not come up.
     
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    Andrey Zharkikh Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    It pops out when you ask "shrub needles spike-like". But I was not sure Callistemon can grow that far north.
     
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    M. D. Vaden Active Member 10 Years

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    This particular one in the photograph, is planted next to a building wall facing the west, and completely blocked from the east where our colder weather often comes from.
     
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    I haven't seen them a lot here, but I do know one in Stanley Park outside the Klahowya Village, near some bananas. Red flowers.
     
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    It's more a variety of scents, but most of them are reminiscent of Tea Tree or Rosemary.
     

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