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What is this lime green/red plant?

CraighBCraighB Posts: 704
Hi guys,

I wondered if anyone could tell me what this is? I don't know if it's a baby tree or shrub.




  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    I think it's sambucus possibly Sutherlands Gold 
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,444
    I wonder if it's Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem'... a suckering shrub.
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 704
    It's got very deep ribbed leaves. The photos for some reason look terrible quality. 
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,611
    edited April 2021
    I have both of these and it does look more like my sorbaria which is still in a pot and has been more sheltered and is a bit further along than my sambucus.    

    Both start off with the gold and pinky crimson foliage in spring but the sorbaria will have slightly cone-shaped panicles of flowers -
    whilst the sambucus one will have the flatter, umbellifer style heads of the normal elderflower 

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 704
    This looks better quality.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,320
    Sorbaria sem
    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 704
    AHH yes it definitely looks like Sorbaria! Exactly the same leaves.

    It's quite exciting as there are lots of shrubs and plants that we inherited with our house purchase and I am trying to find out what they are. 
  • Songbird-1Songbird-1 Posts: 4,018
    Definitely Sorbaria, we have two in the garden.They get covered in tiny little white flowers later on.
  • Songbird, or any sorbaria owners, I have just bought a sorbaria sem, and now I read that they are quite invasive. Do yours spread very qiuickly? There seem to be lots of plants described as invasive now, but to me it's just natural for things to keep spreading. I suppose it depends how hard they are to control.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,611
    It spreads by suckering so just be careful where you plant it for when/if you want to go in and control them.   It does have lovely foliage, especially in spring, and has lovely fluffy flowerheads which pollinators love in my experience..
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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