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B3B3 Posts: 21,411
I found out what  this plant  was called  and promptly  forgot.  It has a Latin name  which I sort of remember was made  up of two longish Latin names - that's  a lot  of help!
The leaves are soft  and evergreen.  When mature, the trunk is red and flaky.  It can sprout  from the  trunk. When frosted young leaves can be red for  a while .
I've been looking  for  it for years.  I've found it but the label helpfully  said  -evergreen. 

In London. Keen but lazy.
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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,411
    Ps it's a lot greener than the photos. Forgot to turn off flash.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,851
    Curry plant?  Does it have a curry type smell if you crush the leaves?
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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,411
    No it's green like young coniferous leaves - no smell and very soft. I will try to get a better picture tomorrow.
    It grows quite big. The one we had many years ago was a good 6ft and would have got bigger all round if we'd let it.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,628
    If the foliage is more green, could it be a plant called Confetti Bush? Coleonema Pulchellum. A frost hardy shrub with small flowers in late spring into summer.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,669
    I don't think that the leaves of Coleonema Pulchellum are a match.

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Starr_080103-1212_Coleonema_pulchellum.jpg
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,964
    Maybe the very variable Grevillea rosmarinifolia ??........ Reddish bark?
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,411
    edited August 2018
    Thanks Paul and borderline but it doesn't flower. Although it doesn't show -I'll get a better picture tomorrow!- the leaves are more like a soft  tight perm.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,411
    here's some better pictures - I hope!
    The 'perm' isn't as tight as usual because of last night's rain.



    twigs are a bit redder than the picture


    the young leaves are more light green than yellow
    sorry about the bad photography but I hope you will be able to use your imagination
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,669
    edited August 2018
    Hmm! Looks woody.
    Are we seeing a dwarf conifer maybe?

    Please can you add really clear pics to show the leaves or needles./how they are attached to the stem/shape etc.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,411
    I'll try :/
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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