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uppityradishuppityradish YorkPosts: 24
Does anyone know what this shrub is? It appeared in a flower bed and I need to decide whether to keep or not. Thanks :)


  • B3B3 Posts: 21,434
    edited July 2021
    I've got one of them. I've put it in a pot to wait and see.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • robairdmacraignilrobairdmacraignil CorkPosts: 586
    Is it a guelder rose (Viburnum opulus)?
  • didywdidyw East SuffolkPosts: 1,702
    Hmm - I wonder if it is field maple?  I have one that inserted itself between something else that grew too big and hid it for a few years and is now removed and my philadelphus. It is really quite vigorous and wants to be a tree (it can't - it has an outbuilding behind it) so I cut it back every so often but keep it as I do quite like the dark leaves behind the lime green philadelphus. 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,411
    I think it's a field maple. I would pull it up.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,631
    I think it looks more like a Guelder Rose. 
  • uppityradishuppityradish YorkPosts: 24
    Many thanks everyone for your help and suggestions :) . Tricky, isn't it!? 
    Descriptions I've found of the field maple leaf point out that it is five-lobed, while this is three-lobed. So, perhaps it is a guelder rose?
    In any event, I think I'll try and transplant it to my allotment and add it to the hedge there. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,098
    Field maples don't have that slight serration to the foliage either, that your photos show. They're smooth. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • B3B3 Posts: 21,434
    This is going the way of my ID query. I'm going to try again in a couple of months when there's a bit more development.😊
    Good luck with yours . I hope we have something interesting.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,098
    I meant to say, I would agree it's the Viburnum already mentioned. Guelder rose. The more pronounced veining on the leaves is another indicator that it isn't a field maple. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 1,486
    Definitely guelder rose.
    Enjoyed by the birds for the fruit, flowers lovely and autumn colour great.
    Can become BIG.
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