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Identify plant? furry stem/branches

LeeBriLeeBri Posts: 21
Can anyone help identify this plant? Currently around 4ft tall and not much too it apart from 2 single branches from ground level which now both have these leaves. Branches are furry as well. Thanks

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,800
    edited April 2020
    That looks like a sucker from Rhus typhina ... Stagshorn sumach ... is there one in the vicinity of had one been cut down nearby recently?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • LeeBriLeeBri Posts: 21
    Theres 3 near by all roughly the same height. Recently moved in and the garde  has been neglected for many years 
  • LeeBriLeeBri Posts: 21
    Here's another photo 
  • LeeBriLeeBri Posts: 21

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,925
    Agree with @Dovefromabove
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • LeeBriLeeBri Posts: 21
    Worth keeping ? 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,800
    Yes, Rhus typhina ... I love them, such an elegant shrub/small tree with fabulous autumn colour ... but as soon as someone prunes or cuts them back they behave as if someone's trying to kill them and they send out suckers to grow new plants in order to reproduce themselves.  

    Only you can decide whether you like it enough to want to keep one or two of them, or whether you want to dig them all up.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • LeeBriLeeBri Posts: 21
    Thanks for all your help. Decided to keep it for now to see what it looks like this year. When is the best time to chop it back as at the moment it 2 single branches from the ground. Does it bush out at all?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,800
    It doesn’t really bush out ... it forms an elegant small, sometimes multi-stemmed, tree around 6ft or so tall with a bare stem or stems and forms an asymmetrical shape reminiscent of Art Nouveau designs. 
    To my mind pruning can mean that the elegant outline is lost ... and encourages the suckering behaviour ... I have seen even the removal of one small branch trigger suckering in a plant that had never suckered before. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





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