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My first post...and I need an I.D please

Discussion in 'Gardening Discussions' started by Chris M, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. Chris M

    Chris M Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi Guys,
    I am new to the forums and I would be grateful if you guys could ID the shrub in the photo please. We have a lovely garden, but are novices.

    I would like to find out when I can cut this back, as it is getting a little unruly.
    Thanks
    Chris
     

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    Fat Controller Cuddly Scottish Admin! Staff Member

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    Hi @Chris M and welcome to Gardeners Corner :sign0016:

    I am on mobile at the moment, so it is hard to see what your shrub is - is it a rose?

    If it is, our very own @wiseowl will be able to answer your query.
     
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    wiseowl Friendly Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi @Chris M it doesn't look like a Rose,although the leaves look a little like Ceanothus but best wait until one of our friends come along:smile:
     
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      :Think: Doesn't look like a rose to me ... nor a ceanothus ...

      :think2:

      my knee jerk was, perhaps a viburnum? :dunno:

      No doubt our @Silver surfer will be along soon and able to narrow it down to a pin prick :thumbsup:
       
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        Escallonia perhaps, pink or white flowers usually.?
         
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        Or could it be Contoneaster
         
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        Yes was about to say looks exactly like Escallonia
         
      • Chris M

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        Thanks for your input guys. It doesn't flower, it is well established and is quite woody. It's probably around 5ft high, which is why I need to cut it back. I can see the points where it has been previously pruned, so would this be a good point to start?
         
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        Welcome to the forum Chris :autlvs: I agree that it looks very much like an Escallonia. There are quite a few varieties, and if you could give us a clue - what colour flowers have you seen on it (if any)
        If it were mine, I would cut it back and shape it up now :)
        .....edit.....sorry crossed in the 'post' . Maybe it will flower next year....
         
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        Thanks Tetters, should I cut it to the size I'd like it, or is there a rule as to how much to lop off?
         
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        Thanks Marley Farley, Escallonia seems to be the general concensus. Mine hasn't flowered. Is there a guide as to how much to cut it back by, or can it be cut to the desired size?
         
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        I grow quite a few varieties of this, and treat them just like any other hedging plant. They get chopped with the shears here whatever size I fancy at the time - they always survive as they are quite tough - so I`d say GO for it .... after all it`s no good keeping it there if it looks ugly, give it a good haircut :yes:
         
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        Super, thanks very much. Short back and sides for it this weekend then!
         
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        Looks sooo familiar Chris but I dont think it is Escallonia. Cotoneaster dammeri perhaps?
        I certainly would prune it to shape and size you want and do it now.
        Warm welcome though Chris.....a pretty friendly forum here :)
         
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          Thank you very much! I've had a great response for my first post. After the feedback I've had, I'm going to cut it back to a decent size and, hopefully, get some colour on it next year!
           

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