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NollieNollie Posts: 7,512
Can anyone remind me what this shrub is please? Someone asked me the other day but I had a senior moment. Euonymus rings a bell, but that could be something else entirely. New growth is cream then it turns variegated:

Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,865
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Looks like a Pieris shrub. Maybe Pieris Japonica 'Variegata'?
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  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,512
    Hmm, thanks, good suggestions, but not sure, it’s a huge shrub, leaves are quite small, flowers (in summer) are tiny and creamy but not bell-shaped like eleagnus. Has a definite olive/silvery effect from a distance, does this pic help? It’s the one directly behind the salvia, engulfing the lime green conifer...

    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,874
    It reminds me of a variety of Olearia, but I can't remember which
  • Whatever it is, I think you need to remove that branch with all-white growth as it looks like a sport.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,512
    Hi @BobTheGardener, no not a sport, all the young, new growth is pure cream then it starts changing to variegated. Euonymus Harlequin does that and it looks a bit like it, but mine is a far bigger shrub by several metres - and the leaves are much narrower than most variegated euonymus (and olearia) I have checked out. Never a hint of yellow in the leaves like Bravo, either.

    I didn’t plant it, but saw what I thought it was in a GC last year, but frustratingly can’t remember the name now. Thanks for trying folks, will keep my eye out when doing the GC rounds and let you know if I find it!
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Looking at it again, and based on what you said about the flowers, could it be a Ligustrum, Privet? There are many types. Check the flowers online to see if they look similar.
  • I have been searching but with no luck.
    I wonder if it is a shrub you have in Spain that we do not have here.
    Please do post pics next summer to show us the flowers.
    That thick leathery leaf looks so very familiar...but the silver effect in summer does not.

    OR if you get the name please tell us all.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,874
    Can I ask, are the leaves hard and waxy like a daphne, or soft like an ostoespermum?
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