No one can seem to work out what kind of tree/shrub this is. The seedpods are a distinctive star shape, it has smooth green leaves and it has small white flowers in spring/summer. Growing in the UK. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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    what part of the world is the plant growing in? Please add this to your question
    – kevinskio
    Feb 21, 2019 at 11:22
  • @Sarah Jane Possibly Lignum vitae, I have seen it purple with white stamens.
    – Rob
    Feb 21, 2019 at 23:16
  • @Rob unlikely to be a tropical hardwood growing outside in the UK Feb 22, 2019 at 11:58
  • My first thought was some sort of Illicium sp. but they usually have more lobes to their fruits Feb 22, 2019 at 12:05
  • Also Illicium tend to be evergreen. Do the pods split to reveal brightly coloured seeds? If so could be some sort of Euonymus Feb 22, 2019 at 12:25

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My guess is Exochorda x macrantha 'The Bride' hybrid, also known as pearl bush. It has white flowers, and seedpods like this here.

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