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Help identify a tree


New to the forums and to gardening (first house) and looking for some help identifying this small tree:

We appear to have lovely rich soil which is almost black in appearance - I can't keep up with the rate everything grows in it.

It would appear the previous home owners where somewhat haphazard with their planting so I have had to remove lots as it was growing into one another.

I'm wondering how big this tree will get and how best to tame it as we live in a mid terrace and want lots of light. I am reluctant to remove it as it's quite attractive.


  • This might be in the wrong area I now realise. Hopefully a mod can move it, thanks.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,245
    Did it have flowers on earlier? It looks rather like witch hazel (hamamelis)  that has finished flowering and just producing leaves. If so, they are slow growing and need little maintenance.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,019
    My thoughts exactly @fidgetbones.

  • I think it is just beginning to flower. I didn't notice it was there until a few weeks back when I started to clear some space. It's well anchored and really not going anywhere.
  •  I think I found clearweed… thought it was a nettle 
  • It certainly looks like a hamamelis and it does look like it’s already flowered.
    The flowers can be quite small and it doesn’t start to show leaves until it’s flowered.
    Nice tree, slow growing, a keeper.
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