I would like to identify this tree, and particularly to confirm or eliminate it as a possible host for Thaumastocoris peregrinus recently sighted nearby. The leaves are glossy and have no eucalyptol scent when crushed. The trees range from ~4-8 meters in height and, judging from the area where they've been planted, aren't expected to become very large.

(In the first image, only the two closest trees are the type in question.)

overview trunk opercula foliage buds

  • Can you add another photo showing the plant from further away so we can see it's growth habit?
    – Bamboo
    Jun 25, 2016 at 22:22
  • @Bamboo: Sorry, I was geared up for bug pictures :) I went back better equipped, but the sun was in a bad place... hopefully the added image helps, though. It's a pretty tight space. Jun 25, 2016 at 23:14
  • If it wasn't for the crazy flower I would swear it was a Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii). I can't believe it Jul 8, 2016 at 0:17
  • @BenWelborn: You're right, the bark and foliage are a definite match... weird... maybe somebody's mad science project... Jul 8, 2016 at 1:48
  • There's lots of different kinds of simpson's stoppers which are used for urban landscaping... but I'm not sure if that's right either. Again it's about the flowers (close but not exactly). Incidentally, if this tree bears fruit, that would help with ID. Also, regarding the leaves it's difficult to see/say whether they are opposite, alternating, or whorled. Which are they? Jul 8, 2016 at 12:05

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This is the Brisbane Box (Lophostemon confertus). The flowers threw me off for a bit. The flowers on yours are about done blooming. It's native to Australia, but is cultivated elsewhere. I'm not sure if it's a bronze bug host.

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