An escapee from Diane, SC

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Hi, Dr. Hill,
I came across this small evergreen plant in semi-shaded woods in the SC Fall Line region. I’m hoping you can identify it for me. Thank you in advance.


Hi Diane,

you have what appears to be a young sapling of the commonly grown Photinia ‘red tip’.  They can escape in the area.  More about this plant can be found at this Clemson site:

A similar escapee is also found now and again – Prunus laurocerasus – Carolina laurel cherry.  Both are in the rose family.

Some might think this is a holly – Ilex – but there are too many spines along the leaf margins and the red buds are not right for that genus.



Steve Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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