Whats this tree & plant?!!

*Astrantia**Astrantia* Posts: 113
We were away earlier in the week on the lovely Dorset coast we sat in a little park overlooking the sea and this tree was behind us & wonder what it is? Also a plant that looks like cow parsley is just coming up, assuming they are pretty hardy being on the coast? The underside of the tree leaves were silvery if that helps?


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 22,747
    first one is a weed , can't remember the name, grows well in marshy areas. Lots around here in Devon / Cornwall. 
    Can't make out the second one , sorry.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 22,747
    Smyrnium olusatrum, common name Alexanders
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 57,080
    Yes, Alexanders .... introduced to the UK by the Romans (hence the name) who cultivated it as a vegetable. The young shoots are quite tasty 😋 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 3,247
    Could the tree be a Holm Oak, Quercus Ilex?
  • *Astrantia**Astrantia* Posts: 113
    Ahh I’ve heard of Alexander’s but didn’t know what it looked like obviously! I’ll look up holm oak pictures, the leaves looked almost like a magnolia quite thick 
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