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aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 152
Hi all, I wonder if anyone is able to identify the plant based on the attached pictures - I am so sorry, I have no pictures of it in summer time and can’t even remember what it looks like in summer time... ideally I need to know if I can prune it (as it has become too big) at this point in time, given that it already has buds on it... I know the chances of anyone identifying it at present are slim given that it is merely a collecting of twigs! Thanks in advance to anyone that can help. Aidan. :)
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  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 152

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,651
    It looks like a pussy willow, a type of Salix .
    I'm sure an expert will be along shortly  :)
  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 152
    Thank you - I’ve had a quick google and I think it could well be... is it normal that it is shaped more like a bush than a tree? Is that years of neglect perhaps?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,480
    It’s perfectly normal ... it’s usually a bush of damp hedgerows and scrubland. 
    Good for wildlife but not a garden shrub in the most usually accepted sense. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 152
    Thank you. We moved in to our house about three years ago now and it was already in place, unfortunately not a great deal will grow successfully here as we are exposed on the side of a hill with cold weather and strong winds (Scottish Highlands). I’m therefore reluctant to remove it as it it’s clearly doing well, but I do want to neaten it somewhat - am I too late to prune it this year? If not, is there a particular technique - I am by no means a gardener, as much as I would love to be!!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,480
    If you have a wild hillside I think a neatly pruned shrub would look rather incongruous ... a wild hillside is a place for beautiful wild trees and bushes. I’d leave it be ... naturally beautiful ... a few native type daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) planted in a scattered natural way around it for next spring would set it off nicely 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 152
    It is positioned in a flower bed in our front garden. The rest of the bed has all been neatened and tidied up but that end has yet to be, so it needs to be trimmed to be a little neater as it has become rather unruly and is on it’s way to growing across a set of steps down into the garden... 
  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 152

  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 152

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,651
    If you do want to tidy it up, it's not too late as long as it's before the end of April  :)
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/pussy-willow/how-prune-pussy-willows.htm
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