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What’s this and what will it do?

EmmaMEmmaM Posts: 15
I’ve had this in the garden for a couple of years but have no idea what it is. It has quite nice leaves but it’s just sort of spindly and falling over. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be growing upwards and I should support it or if it’s spreading outwards... any ideas?


  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,050
    Think it might be an escallonia not sure what variety though.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,452
    I was thinking some kind of cotoneaster ?
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,123
    Looks like a cotoneaster to me too. But there are loads of different ones!
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,080
    Probably wrong here , but could be Cotoneaster franchetii or something similar .
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,040
    I think cotoneaster too, but not sure which ...

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • B3B3 Posts: 25,296
    It looks like cotoneaster to me too. If it is, you can grow it flat  against a wall if you wish - just trim off the sticky-out bits.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • WaysideWayside Posts: 807
    What will it do?  It will berry.
  • EmmaMEmmaM Posts: 15
    I have a feeling it may have slightly ‘berried’ before, it’s just a bit of a nothing! Can I make it into a ‘something’?
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,200
    You could train it against the fence and the birds like the berries, but they seed everywhere and the plant is a bit boring. I would chuck it and plant something more interesting.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,080
    Probably arrived originally by courtesy of a blackbird .
    As B3 says , maybe train against the fence using small staples ; lose the spreading foreground branches . Cotoneasters are valuable to insects and birds , the nectar-rich flowers and(later on) the berries, are irrestistable to most species .
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