I give up... what did I plant?

So, I have this shrub I planted a few years ago and can't for the life of me remember what it is. Looked back through my records and can't find it. I keep having this vague recollection that it is a laurel, but I just don't know - google searches show laurels that grow to 3 feet and some that grow to 20, and I wouldn't have bought something of either of that size for this spot. But I still keep coming back to laurel of some sort... This shrub is about 3-4 years old and rather slow growing - about 2 feet tall right now.

Also, can anyone identify that... thing... that's on there? Looks to be some kind of gall. Do I need to do something about it?

Thanks for any help!



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