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UpNorthUpNorth South Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK Posts: 376
could someone identify this one for me?   the pictures are rubbish i'm afraid, took through the conservatory glass this morning.  it sits on sandy soil and is in full sun for morning through to mid afternoon.  This and the skimmia under/next to it both seem in good health.  I have been giving it a haircut once or twice a year......it sits i'd guess about 6' tall and feels like it wants to be bigger.    



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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,851
    Hello UpNorth. I'm not 100% certain but it looks like it might be Cornus alba Elegantissima.
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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,632
    edited April 2018
    The photos are a bit blurry, but it looks more like an evergreen shrub. Could be Euonymus Japonicus Argenteovariegata or even Elaeagnus Pungens a variegated type.
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,851
    Good point Borderline. The Cornus wouldn't have so much leafage at this time of year. UpNorth - ignore my suggestion.
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  • UpNorthUpNorth South Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK Posts: 376
    The photos are a bit blurry, but it looks more like an evergreen shrub. Could be Euonymus Japonicus Argenteovariegata or even Elaeagnus Pungens a variegated type.
    I should have said - yes it's evergreen.

    Thanks both for you thoughts....i think Borderline you nailed it.

    I'm convinced it's Euonymus.   I have a number of Euonymus, but mostly prone/very slow growing.  Great plants though, i love the white edged ones really brightening up dark corners.   Had no idea Euonymus existed that grew this fast or large ( well, fast for a shrub).

    it's nice foliage.  i'm thinking of trying some softwood cuttings.   i did some autumn cuttings of other plants with pretty good success so i'm planning what to do and i rather fancy another small blob of this shrub to balance another part of the garden.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,632
    Upnorth, there are quite a number of evergreen Euonymus Japonicus varieties now, and so useful for all sorts of situations and styles. Can be pruned into neat barriers/shapes or left to grow a bit more upright. 
  • UpNorthUpNorth South Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK Posts: 376
    and i just remembered the OH bought a E. Alatus for it's autumn colour :)   

    If anyone has experience of 'Cuttings' from Euonymous please share now...
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,632
    edited April 2018
    Silver surfer, I think you have got it. The flowers match this time of year. I was wondering why there were buds so early! 
  • UpNorthUpNorth South Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK Posts: 376
    Yes makes perfect sense too, we have a few tinus in the garden (non variegated).

    now i think Tinus, i can compare the old growth and the new growth colours and of course that one flower head....poor show, i think i will have cut back the summer growth....hence no flower show.

    Thanks everyone.

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