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springer636springer636 Posts: 10


I'd be grateful if someone could help me ID the below shrubs/plants :)

1. Spiky evergreen shrub

2. Narrow plant in centre

3 Shrub- about to have flowers

4. Evergreen shrub in centre



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,872
    No 2 weed is a willowherb
    4 is a cotoneaster
    3 looks like a philadelphus but flowers would help.
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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150
    edited May 2018
    3: philadelphus 'mock orange'
    4: cotoneaster ?

    2: is niggling me, but no names popping up in my noggin. 
    Argh... Willowherb fidget 👍. Mine never survive to that size 😉
  • soulboysoulboy Posts: 429
    1. ?
    2. Rosebay willowherb. A lovely tall flower in the wild but a terrible weed in the garden, self-seeds everywhere.
    3. Possibly a philadelphus.
    4. ?

    Sorry I can't be more help with your shrubs but more knowledgeable folk will be here shortly.
  • ju1i3ju1i3 Camden Town, LondonPosts: 189
    1. pyrachantha?
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,004
    No.1 could be some sort of Berberis, as it looks to have thorns. There are lots of different ones that I don't know 'personally', as it were!
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,391
    1 Berbris
    2. Willowherb but not Rosebay WH, there are many others much more common in gardens
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,444
    no.1 could be Berberis julianae, perhaps? 
    Agree with 2 rosebay willowherb - dig out all its roots, or hold your fire and treat with glyphosate when it's in flower - and 4 cotoneaster.  3 could well be philadelphus, hard to tell...
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  • springer636springer636 Posts: 10


    I googled "Berberis Julianae" and that definitely seems to be the spiky shrub.

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