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What plant is this?

Hello gardeners! I took a picture of a shrub in my garden when we moved in but had a few different suggestions on what it could be. It is now in bloom so I thought I would post a picture again to see if anyone can identify it!


  • jaffacakesjaffacakes IrelandPosts: 424
    It really looks like a flowering dogwood or is it too early or the blooms?

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,587
    That doesn't look like any dogwood I have grown.  Pretty flowers tho.

    I think you need @Nutcutlet or @Dovefromabove to help.
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  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 2,293
    edited March 2019
    I am on my phone so screen a bit small but at first glance it looks like a prunus spinosa ( blackthorn ) 
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391
    I agree - spines are visible on the 1st photo if you zoom in.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,145
    Blackthorn, loads of it out now, our country lanes are full of it, and we have one blooming in our garden. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,298
    I’d go with a prunus of some sort ... not entirely convinced by blackthorn but it’s one of that family.

    @nutcutlet will know ...
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  • starryskystarrysky Posts: 24
    Thanks all! What a mystery! I am not sure about it being a blackthorn as have harvested sloes from them before but did not see any on this plant last year... I may be wrong though!  

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