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Can anyone help me identify this tree/large shrub which was until recently hidden beneath a kerria? Close up pic of the leaves and fruit hopefully attached. 

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Looks like a tree peony, possibly Paeonia lutea species although the seed pods don't look quite right (they are usually in pairs I think.)

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Update on the mystery tree! The leaves are changing colour now, as are the fruits/buds. No sign of anything flowering though. Any ideas based on the new photos?
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    I still think Paeonia lutea species.  If it is, it will have yellow flowers in early spring - it clearly did earlier this year otherwise the seeds wouldn't be there. :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,372
    Definitely a Tree Paeony, you missed the flowers but there were some or there would be no seed pods
  • Thank you both. This spring the tree was completely hidden by kerria so we couldn't see anything. Can't wait to see it next spring! 
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,372
    It could be most impressive. The flowers come at the end of the branches so don't go cutting the ends off to prune it to shape
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