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Solved Can someone please identify this Shrub for me?

Discussion in 'Identification Area' started by Kevin Cowans, May 15, 2018.

  1. Kevin Cowans

    Kevin Cowans Gardener

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    Hello all

    Can someone please identify this Shrub for me?

    2018-05-15 13.57.40.jpg

    I am trying to find out what I have in the garden at the moment so I can gain a better understanding of how to look after them.

    Thanks in advance

    Kevin
     
  2. Sian in Belgium

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    Hi Kevin!
    I take it you wish to know what the shrub in the foreground is? It would be helpful to have a close-up of the leaves (with a hand for scale = even better!) and if there are flowers / flower-buds, a shot of them? A lot of plant identification is based on leaf (e.g. In pairs / alternate along the stem), and of course flowers!

    TIA
     
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    • Kevin Cowans

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      Hello

      Thanks for the reply.

      I have taken a closer shot of it:

      2018-05-15 14.44.10.jpg

      There are no flowers on it at the moment but when it does flower they are different colours.

      When it was planted more than 20 years ago it was sold as something like 'Joseph's Multicoloured Dream Coat'.

      I have searched for that name with no success.

      Thanks in advance

      Kevin

      P.S

      I forgot the hand, sorry.

      The leaves are only a few inches long
       
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      • Marley Farley

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        Hmm only a guess @Kevin Cowans but how about Christmas Box.. Sarcococca Hookeriana Digyna

        Have a google on that otherwise I am sure someone else will know.. :scratch::fingers crossed:
         
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        • Kevin Cowans

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          Hello

          Thanks for the reply.

          I have just googled 'Spiraea Japonica Shiroban' and it does indeed look to be it.

          Thanks for your help

          Kevin
           
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          Gadzooks, Silver Surfer has beaten me to it. :snorky: Yes, spirea I think :)
           
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            This makes me wonder if you might also have a Weigela ''Dart`s color dream'' in your garden ??
            (spelled the American way )
             
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            Spiraea leaves are alternate.
            Weigela leaves are opposite which rules it out as an option ..sorry Tetters.
             
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            I agree that the shrub we are talking about is Spiraea Shirobana. You misunderstand me @Silver surfer :)

            As I said previously - I wondered if there may also be a Weigela with the above name - as the op remembers a similar name being mentioned at some time in the past.

            I`d find it quite difficult to forget Spiraea leaves, as I`ve propagated thousands ....and so many varieties too.
             
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            Sorry Tetters...misunderstood. Missed the also.
             
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            Those little 'also`s' can be such a nuisance ......look there`s another one hiding :heehee:
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            Nice to see you again Silver Surfer.
             
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            Been here for nearly 8 years Mike...as well as several other places.
            Still very sad that RHS forums died and RHS opted to use Facebook...which I refuse to use.
             

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