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Mystery plant but looking great - Any name please!

LTobyLToby Posts: 224
Last Spring I found this small plant underneath my other plants. I potted it with a petunia (the red flower on the image is petunia). It grew very well with beautiful leaves. The foliage changed colours during Autumn, then it will lost its leaves for the Winter. Its coming back again, so  I thought I would ask your expertise in identifying it. Thanks you very much. Images are below ...

Thank you once again for all your insights. More power to the Gardeners Forum.
Aberdeenshire, Scotland


  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,499
    edited April 2020
    Could be Rhus typhina (Staghorn Sumac).
    It may have been a runner from a tree nearby,maybe from a neighbours garden?
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • LTobyLToby Posts: 224
    Thank you madpenguin for your immediate response. It looks like a big tree :-)

    Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,269
    Looks like a rowan [mountain ash] to me
    Birds spread them easily by seed.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LTobyLToby Posts: 224
    edited April 2020
    Fairygirl, thank you very much for the additional informaiton as rowan [mountain ash].
    Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • LTobyLToby Posts: 224
    As always, Thank you so much for the responses from Madpenguin and Fairygirl; greatly appreciated indeed. It is something that is unique in this group, a very constructive insights of gardening enthusiasts and experts. 

    Today, I looked around at our neighbour's gardens and found that there is one Rowan tree (Mountain Ash) around and nothing to be found a Rhus typhina (Staghorn Sumac), even called a neighbor to see if they have a tree of that kind. I was told never have of that type in their garden. 

    I did my research, and found that the closest ID based on the characteristics of the leaves, the bark, roots, and seasonal foliage, it is indeed, Rowan (Mountain Ash) Tree. And must have been planted for me by one among our friendly birds that frequent our garden, of which I picked and potted it. 

    I like the plant (Rowan - Mountain Ash), and thanks again for the insight of Fairygirl. Cheers!
    Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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