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Help with small purple/deep red tree/shrub identification please...

dchdch Posts: 4
Any help with this appreciated...the leaves are purple/dark red on the upside but green on the underside. Thanks, David.

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  • It looks like a elder, do the leaves smell when crushed?
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,496
    I agree - probably sambucus black lace
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • dchdch Posts: 4
    emm... just done that...not that much - a bit similar to grass. 
  • dchdch Posts: 4
    Thank you Chrissy/Pete8 that looks very close I've just looked at a few photos. Not noticed any flowering though since we moved in 5 years ago - flowers seem to be on all photos of sambucus black lace..
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,496
    edited September 2018
    If you've got berries, then they would have been preceded by flowers.
    I've just checked mine, and it too is green on the underside

    It's could do with some hard pruning over winter - it'll transform it to what you see in the photos. But new branches will not flower until the following season
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • dchdch Posts: 4
    Thanks very much Pete that solves it!
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