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What's this small tree and will it stay compact?

Discussion in 'Trees' started by ashirus, Jun 21, 2018.

  1. ashirus

    ashirus Apprentice Gardener

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    We're redoing front garden (patio, grass and flowerbed) and we're not sure whether to keep this tree.

    Is this a tree or a bush?

    What is it called?

    Will it keep it's current size (especially height) over the next 50 years or will it grow to a full-sized tree?

    We're planning to build a walled flowerbed at the front of our front garden and this tree will be within one end of the walled-in/raised flowerbed. Will it grow and break the wall or will it stay nice and compact and the wall will remain unaffected by having this tree (bush?) inside?

    Lastly, ws it easy to maintain?

    here's photos:

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    And a close-up:
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    thanks,
    Ash
     
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    • Gail_68

      Gail_68 Beauty blooms in the garden as well as the heart.

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      Hello @ashirus :sign0016: to GC and nice to have you with us...you'll find it a very friendly forum :)

      I'm not much good on ID'ing plants or trees but i'll call in members who are to help you out as it looks healthy enough.

      @Silver surfer / @pete and @martin-f can you help ID this tree please.

      Ash as soon as they come on line they'll come on your link :thumbsup:
       
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      Hi @JWK can you help identify this tree mate :)
       
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        Welcome to the forum ashirus.

        It looks like a Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) to me, they are often seen as a hedge but can grow into a sizeable tree like you have. Yes it will grow bigger over time.
         
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        • ashirus

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          Thanks so much. Been Googling Cherry Laurel and seen pics of it as full size tree, or a row of neat little ones like ours.

          Will it grow broader and taller over time no matter what we do?

          And more importantly, can we easily keep it in check so it will remain the current size forever?

          We're planning to enclose it within a walled flowerbed so (a) we don't want its roots to break the wall eventually and (b) Could it end up a full sized tree that will be a subsidence issue?

          thanks,
          Ash
           
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            Lets wait till some other members agree with me, I'm quite often wrong on plant IDs!
             
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            • ashirus

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              Oh ok! The tree and thus its leaves look larger than they are due to the camera angle. Should mention the leaves are quite small especially in comparison with normal Laurel.
               
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              • pete

                pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                I was going to say Arbutus.:smile:
                 
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                  @pete wouldn't an arbutus have a nicer trunk with peeling or reddish bark? I was wondering about euonymous from the leaves but it looks too tall for that
                   
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                    Well this pic shows the leaves of a Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) what @JWK mentioned and they do look a like and :thankyou: @JWK and @pete for viewing :dbgrtmb:

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                    • pete

                      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                      Well, I have Arbutus unedo, and this is the bark.
                      I think it is other species or hybrids that have the peeling bark.
                      Sorry the pics are a bit dark, but the tree is pretty dense.

                      I do see where you are coming from with Euonymus
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                        Good evening @pete I took the liberty to lighten your images up a little hope that was alright my friend:smile:

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                        • ashirus

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                          OP here. Here's two new images of this actual tree/bush that I hope will help clear things up.

                          The while thing is only about 2.8m high including foliage.

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                            I don’t think it’s a cherry laurel but I don’t know what it is. Looks like some flower buds are coming which when opened will make it easier to ID.
                             
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                            • ashirus

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                              Problem is, we're redoing the whole front garden right now, with patio people starting to build the wall really soon so I need to device whatwhe to keep this or not!
                               
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