I was walking my dog along this one stretch of side walk in my neighborhood and there are a few of these trees lined up along it. They have a fuzzy seed pod (or perhaps a flower pod?) that reminds me of an artichoke, and smooth shiny leaves. Below are pictures of the pod and leaves, and the bark (which is a bit blurry, but I don't think it takes away from it too much):
What kind of tree is this? This is in southeast Virginia, but I think these trees were planted here, so I'm not sure if they are native to the area.