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What is this prickly bush please?

Could someone please identify this prickly bush please? It's quite sharp, unpleasant and can sting if you touch it with your hand. I would like to trim it back a bit as I don't think it's very attractive anyway and although I use a hedge trimmer on it every year it's generally getting bigger and bigger. Is there a recommended technique for this?

Thanks for any pointers.



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  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    It looks like a plain bog standard Leylandii, although I’ve never know one to have prickles on it, I’d have it out at the ground. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,022
    Me too.  No attractive features so out with it and plant something interesting after improving the soil which will have been stripped of nutrients.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Yes it does look like a Leylandii but it's particularly sharp. It may well be one but others I have are not so sharp. My thoughts exactly on the removal though Lyn, thanks.
  • Thanks Obelixx.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    Just a different strain I suppose, I’ve removed them all from  this garden now, had a 100’ row hedge, every time I walked past or cut it back I would have arms looking like I’d got chicken pox starting. Soon went down but sore at the time. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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