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Could you help me identify these trees/shrubs?

CraighBCraighB Posts: 719
I have finally bought my own home and the garden is absolutely huge and I cannot wait to get started!!! :smile:

I have inherited lots of trees, plants and shrubs and I need help identifying them please.

First one has big upright strong stems with dangley red/pink flowers?

Second one I thought could be a baby tree?

Third one is bare but has strange looking seed pods?



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,538
    First one is Leycesteria formosa  aka himalayan honeysuckle.

    Second one looks like a currant. Could be  a flowering current.  Do not prune it now and show us again in the spring.

    No idea third one.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,531
    edited December 2020
    Your first two pictures are Leycesteria formosa, aka Himalayan honeysuckle.  This plant often turns up in gardens uninvited, as the berries are eaten by birds who then deposit the seeds randomly along with a small package of fertiliser.

    The third and fourth pictures could possibly be sycamore, generally regarded as a nuisance in a garden, but currant bushes have similar leaves, and yours appears to be more of a bush than a tree.

    I'm afraid I can't help you with the third.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,248
    edited December 2020
    Very exciting for you to find out what treasures you have.
    1. Leycesteria formosa..common name. Himalayan honeysuckle.
    Your pic shows the berries.

    2. Possibly Ribes sanguineum...common name Flowering currant.

    3. Exochorda macrantha.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 719
    Oh brilliant thanks guys! 

    So the first one is that scented being a honeysuckle?

    Second one guy I will have to wait until the summer to find out but more than likely the flowering currant from what you are all saying.

    The flowers on the third one look really pretty so I'm looking forward to seeing this next year!

    I'm gonna leave everything as it is to see what comes up. I do know there is a grape vine with huge bunches of grapes on it. Lots of clematis so will be interesting to see which varieties they are. Astrantia, Crocosmia, Rudbeckia, Penstemon, Oriental poppy's, foxgloves, a Cherry tree and an ornamental cherry tree and lots more.

    Really looking forward to seeing what comes up and I'm sure I will posting more photos for you to identify as there are many more shrubs and I have no idea what they are :)
  • 1. Leycesteria formosa..... Other common names are flowering nutmeg,Himalaya nutmeg, granny's curls and pheasant berry.  No scent as far as I know.
    It is not related to Lonicera which is the true honeysuckles.

    Common names can lead to confusion which is why I try to give correct full latin name.

    2. Is definitely not Sycamore.

    3. Your Exochorda looks rather special.
    Top grafted so it is weeping in shape.

    Suggest you do nothing for a may find there are many spring bulbs that are dormant just now.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,850
    With a new garden which is already well established it is wise to spend the first year doing not a lot while you watch to see what bulbs and perennials appear, which shrubs and climbers flower and when and just keep on top of obvious weeds and grass cutting and maybe scatter a general fertiliser on all the beds nex t spring.

    Take photos at different times thru the year and make notes of what you like and what you don't, what can be re-shaped or tided up or left to grow more naturally and note how the sunlight moves and plays across the garden so you know where you can put any new stuff such as seating areas, plants for sun, plants for shade, veggies....  
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 719
    Yes I hope so @Silver surfer. This is why I thought the Exochorda was maybe a small tree at first. This might even look lovely in its own pot on the patio :)

    @Obelixx this is exactly what I intend to do :) I have already decided to get rid of the ornamental cherry which is still only quite small but it is plonked right in the middle of a small lawned area and I would rather put one where I want it. However I may change my mind when I draw out some plans next year :)

    I've already got a huge compost heap just from the old foliage that I have just chopped down so that should be lovely compost by next year!!

     So excited :)
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,850
    If that cherry is still small you could just transplant it somewhere more suitable?
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 719
    Ah well I say small... The trunk is about 25cm think and it's about 15ft tall! Lol it looks like it's gonna have it's roots well and truly under the ground by now. 
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,850
    Not small then.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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