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Hi all
Grateful for help in identifying this rather nondescript evergreen shrub. I like it as it gives a good backdrop. I have never seen any flowers, but it gets cut back spring/autumn to around 6 feet - maybe why!

Thanks


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  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,715
    edited September 2020
    It would appear to be an evergreen oak.
    Quercus ilex.
    If left unpruned you would see tiny acorns.


    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,428
    I'd agree.  @B3 had one recently for an ID and that seemed to be it.  :)

    Ideal for birds to hide in too. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • @Silver surfer @Fairygirl Thanks so much, both. A really splendid tree - what a shame I can't just let it grow, but have to do formative pruning/shaping. It is part of an evergreen out-of-control `hedge` I have been trying to get back in shape, alongside Griselinia, Pyracantha and Eleagnus. My sparrows love them all!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,428
    Almost nothing is better entertainment than a load of sparrows jinking around in and out of hedges. They make me smile constantly when I see them  :)

    Maybe you could topiarise it into something appropriate - a dovecot perhaps  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • @Fairygirl :) totally agree, they are great. I am very happy they live in my garden.
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