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Another bush ID please!

sabeehasabeeha Posts: 341

 I have this growing in the front of my house - it is woody, and it looks like it might have had some kind of flowers (or not) - It looks like part of it is dying (or does it need watering?) as a lot of the leaves have dried up on one side:

There seem to be a lot of dead leaves:

I have seen previous photos of the house, and it was more spherical - so maybe needs a prune?

Can anyone tell me what shrub this is?

Thanks again!


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    One of the cotoneasters.  Does look like it needs a good drink. :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • sabeehasabeeha Posts: 341
    Thank you!

    The berries are green, do they turn red?

    i looked it up, on the RHS website it says I can trim until late August - will that be ok if part of it has dried up? 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688
    I agree with BobTheGardener. Could be Cotoneaster Lucidus. Don't worry too much about some of the untidy dried up bits. The hot and dry summer has probably caused the shrub to shed a few more leaves and cause some premature drying up. But on the whole, they can look like that when not pruned often.

    If you can, try to water them in the evening time or early morning if the weather continues to be this hot. Water directly into the root area. Be generous when watering. But apart from that, no need to do much. If you need to cut them into shape, you can do that from now right up to late autumn. Best wait until the weather has cooled down a fair bit.
  • sabeehasabeeha Posts: 341
    Thank you! Much appreciated!  :) 

  • sabeehasabeeha Posts: 341

    This is what it looks like now

    Is it gone? :(

  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Posts: 955
    That's gone mate. A lot of people take shrubs for granted and don't water them when watering the plants, my friend did this with 2 hydrangea which promptly suffered then died. It was very hot and dry last year and it looks the same this year. My neighbour lost a privet hedge through drought
  • sabeehasabeeha Posts: 341
    Thank you for your reply

    :(:( Thats such a disappointment - I haven't the heart to dig it out (as if i could with my bad back!) even though it looks very ugly at the front of the house... I often see birds hiding in it, and it's below my bedroom window so can hear them too which is delightful.

    I certainly can't afford to replace it size for size at the moment...

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