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what is this plant?

Please could anyone shed some light on what this is? It was a very large, dense bush with thorns which we cut down in winter, now there are these little shoots coming up aroynd where the roots are. I think it may be some type of crab apple but I'm not sure. Thanks in advance..


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,833
    Hello sherilyn. I'm not sure what your plant is but it is not a crab apple - they don't have thorns.
    The leaves, with the red colouring look like Photinia or Red Robin as it is sometimes called but that shrub doesn't have thorns either.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,210
    I think that's a Chaenomeles, commonly known as Japanese quince.  They can get quite large, and are spiny too.  Pretty flowers in Spring though, and edible fruit as well.
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    I agree, I also think it looks like Japanese Quince, Chaenomeles Japonica/speciosa.
  • UpNorthUpNorth Posts: 376
    Nice foliage too 😀
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