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Moving a shrub

Hello, I am hoping to get some helpful advice! I have just moved a tree shrub from a crowded bed in a walled garden where it had grown away from the wall to get some light. I have moved it into a new bed so it has more space but as you can see, it is not a great shape anymore. What I would like to know is, if I cut it back to allow more upright new growth when is the right time and is that the right thing to do? Secondly, what is the plant? It has clusters of small white flowers in April. I’d appreciate any help on how to save it! Thank you. 
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,360
    I think the plant with white flowers ( methinks bracts ) is Cornus Kousa, but not sure from the photo.
    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145
    edited June 2020
    Difficult to advise without knowing what it is.  :)
    I can't see it well enough even with enlarging the photo a bit. 

    @Hostafan1 - I was assuming it was the one on the right  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,360
    Fairygirl said:


    @Hostafan1 - I was assuming it was the one on the right  :)
    oops !
    Devon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145
     :D 

    I'd agree the other one is a Cornus though  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Yes, the one of the left is a Cornus. It is the one on the right that I need some help with. I have tried a few plant identifying apps but they come out with the wrong answer. I can’t seem to find out what it is. I will try and investigate a bit more! 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145
    Can you take some better photos of it? Close ups, especially of the leaf formation.
    I thought of spirea initially, as some flower at that time, but the foliage isn't right, and I can't see it well enough. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Here is a close up of the leaves. I hope that helps. 
  • I’ve just looked at a Pearlbush online and the flowers look similar to Exochorda Serratifolia. Could it be that? 
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,907
    Because it's on my brain from an earlier post - a Amelanchier?
    Utah, USA.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,677
    I think you might be right Blue Onion.
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