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tasha.w75tasha.w75 Posts: 12
This is my first ever garden and I have very little experience (currently trying to learn).

The brutes who sold us this house butchered pretty much every plant they could find. When tidying the escalonia hedge, I found this stump growing back.

Can anyone identify it? Is it a weed? A bush or a tree, please?


  • tasha.w75tasha.w75 Posts: 12
    sorry, would probably help! 
  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 806
    Might be some sort of Prunus (flowering cherry etc)? 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,735
    That’s what it looks like to me too ... some type of prunus ... possibly an ornamental Flowering Cherry. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • tasha.w75tasha.w75 Posts: 12
    Green Magpie and Dovefromabovethank you so much! I'm so very pleased the little guy is trying to bounce back.

    I took another picture of the stump. Do you guys think it will grow back easily now and is there anything I can do to encourage it and look after it please?
  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 558
    The second picture looks like Ash saplings in the background. They really need removing.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,526
    I think it could end up a mess. If you want to keep it, remove all that wire which will cut into the trunk.  I would be inclined to remove it and buy a new one. It would flower earlier and be a better shape, and you would know what you have got.  If it is close to the drive, something like an Amanogowa would be a tall column shape and not get in the way of cars.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,792
    I agree with Fidgetbones. It will never be a thing of beauty and in such a prominent position, a new tree of your own choice would look so much better.  
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,735
    I agree ,,, that’s never going to look good and it’s in a prominent position by the driveway ... I’d get it out, replenish the soil and treat yourself to something that’ll look great ... as had been said a fastigiate cherry like a Prunus amonogowa (which means heaven's river) would be lovely there

    And yes ... do get rid of those ash tree seedlings ... they’ll grow huge almost overnight and are probably the reason the gardens been hacked about ... there’s probably a large ash tree in the vicinity and the previous owner probably neglected to get rid of the seedlings which spread around, and they began to grow into a forest 😱

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • tasha.w75tasha.w75 Posts: 12
    Thank you for the advice, everyone.

    I'm starting to think I'm not cut out to be a gardener; I really struggle with the idea of getting rid of plants and genuinely feel sorry for them! Case in point, this straggly little tree.

    As for the ash seedlings, I had no idea that's what they were! I have three similar ones poking out of a very very long escalonia Hegde, but not sure they're the same! 
    Do they look like ash?

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,215
    edited July 2019
    Tree in last 2 pics is a very healthy, happy Cotoneaster.
    Don't get down hearted...we all started without any knowledge.
    You will learn quickly.

    Agree with others about broken/snapped cherry.
    Get rid of it.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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