There seems to be a lot of helpful knowledge and a lot of friendly people. I hope you can help me.
I just moved as a new professor to Louisiana, and there are some unfamiliar plants in my yard. I've been told by my neighbors that the previous owner was an avid gardner (sometimes to their dismay), so I'm guessing many of these are ornamental. I've been able to identify some, but these I can't find.
The first seems to be some kind of holly? There are a lot of these, and they all have woody root balls that stick a little above the surface. They are all about 4 feet tall and have berries almost year round.
The second is a ~8 ft tree/shrub that looks in some ways like a crepe myrtle, but the leaves are wrong. I have a close and a far photo:
The next one is some kind of pine-ish evergreen, about 15' tall:
Finally, the last is this ugly thing that looks like half alien, half celery. It's about 6'-7' tall. The "limbs" are like giant celery stalks. There are several of these monstrosities around my yard:
Thanks in advance for any help!