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Bob Simmonds plant identification

suravasurava Posts: 3
Hello to all !  The plant/tree in my Daughter's front garden is in need of trimming but I wonder if pruning back the remaining long branches will do more harm than good !  Most of foliage is in the upper parts of the branches.  I also wonder what it is !! Thanks, Bob

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,463
    Hi @surava. It's a Stag Horn Sumach [Rhus typhina]
    The problem with pruning them is that it can cause them to sucker, so you end up with them appearing everywhere.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • suravasurava Posts: 3
    Thank you very much for your identification of the plant and the advice on pruning !  I wonder how it got to Lincolnshire !!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,510
    edited October 2019
    Prune it at your peril ... its a tree I love for its elegant asymmetry as well as its blazing autumn colour ... but once you prune them they think they’re under attack and reproduce themselves by suckering madly all over the place ... and once they start they don’t stop. 

    Don’t say we didn’t warn you 😉 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,718
    edited October 2019
    Rhus typhina is not rare.
    It is easily obtained in Garden centres.

    You may have seen it before with the large red flower heads.
    Infamous for its suckers!

    https://www.google.com/search?q=rhus+typhina&client=firefox-b-d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwik88v4ganlAhUnSBUIHQKsAPQQ_AUIESgB&biw=1920&bih=944


    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,463
    They make beautiful specimen trees, but they need the right amount of room, so that you aren't tempted to trim  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • suravasurava Posts: 3
    Thanks to all for your helpful comments.
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