I need some help identifying...

United States
June 16, 2007 8:47am CST
I have these three baby trees that I got from the Arbor Day foundation last year. And like and idoit I forgot to write down where I planted what. I had more than three but my hubby mowed the others down -:D on him! Anyway I really figured I'd be able to tell by their leaves because they sent a diagram with the leaf shapes. Well I can't. I know they're either American Redbud, White Flowering Dogwood, or Crapemyrtle's. Two are exactly the same and the other is different. Can anyone let me know what they are??? I am planning to keep two and give one away. But I don't know which two I want to keep. If the those two are dogwoods then I want to keep both of those 'cause I love dogwoods and don't have any. I do think the one is a crapemyrlte but I'm not sure. I have tried searching online too but it seems I can't decide. Thanks for your help:)
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@totty1969 (1474)
• United States
16 Jun 07
I've got some like those, from Arbor Day Foundation. Those look like flowering dogwood. Did they come as the free 10 starter trees? I got the 2 flowering dogwood, 2 hawthorne, 2 crabapple, 2 red maple, and 2 lilac. this year I am getting the 10 blue spruce. But those look like flowering dogwood.
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• United States
16 Jun 07
Thanks :) Yeah they were the 10 starter trees but I had something other than the lilacs.
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Jun 07
You probably got the crape myrtles instead of the lilac because lilacs don't grow in all areas, like Florida. We have several crape myrtles and they are pretty. They are still very small but several have started to bloom. There are a lot of different varieties on them and with them different heights. Some can become quite large.
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Jun 07
I think the one on the right is the crape. I could be wrong though. We have several but I'm horrible at identifying such things. I do though have a link here for you: http://www.crapemyrtles.net/crape_myrtle_landscaping.htm It should help to determine if you have one and if so the care you need to take for them. The crape looks, when in bloom, very similar to a lilac although the crape come in many different colors. They grow very well in the southern US area. Hope this helps.
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• United States
17 Jun 07
Thank you sweetie - yes it does help :)
@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
17 Jun 07
The leaves of the tree on the left are definitely those of a flowering dogwood! I have numerous dogwood trees around my home. The leaves on the right I have no idea though. Enjoy your dogwoods...they are gorgeous when they bloom!
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• United States
17 Jun 07
Oh goodie!! I love dogwoods - they really are gorgeous. Those two I will definitely be keeping :)
• United States
16 Jun 07
Well, neither is the American Redbud, because that is the only one of my Arbor Day trees that made it from the bunch they sent me; and it doesn't look like either of your pictures. ;-) I think the picture on the left would be the dogwood, and the right one the creapmyrtle, but I'm no tree expert. You could also take your pictures to a nursery and compare with actual trees (or ask someone who works there), that is often easier than looking at pictures.
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• United States
16 Jun 07
Thanks. I just might take them to a nursery. I hadn't thought of that :)
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@tammyr (5969)
• Etowah, Tennessee
16 Jun 07
The Arbor Day Foundation has a website: http://www.arborday.org/ On that site there is a tree identification page, "What Tree Is This?": http://www.arborday.org/trees/treeID.cfm And also a tree guide: http://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/ The one on the right I agree is Crapemyrtle.To keep it looking like a tree, you will have to trim it's lower branches.
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