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What shrub is this?

DwrgiDwrgi North West Wales Posts: 24
Can anyone identify this for me? I. Not sure if i should prune it or leave it.
It has red berries in winter and tiny flowers in summer and spring. 

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,327
    It is a Cotoneaster, you can prune it to shape if you wish.
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,555
    The blackbirds love the berries in the winter and they hummmm with bees when the flowers are out
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,372
    The noise on them from bees is a delight.  :)
    I just prune them when they outgrow their spaces, which can be quite often. 
    Coin toss as to when you do it though - miss the flowers if you prune in late winter/early spring, miss the berries if you prune after flowering  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • DwrgiDwrgi North West Wales Posts: 24
    Thank you for your advice, it has grown quite a bit since i moved in 5yrs ago so probably needs a prune.
    🤔 Difficult choice about when, i might do it after the berries gave gone. I have a lot of blackbirds who visit and id probably miss them more than the bees. 
  • DwrgiDwrgi North West Wales Posts: 24
    Next question is how do i prune it, are there any rules? Ive never pruned before, well except my mums roses when i was little and a plum tree that im trying to get rid of (not sure it counts as pruning, more like controlled destruction). 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,372
    Just hack wherever you want  ;)
    You can always cut back part of it now [so you get berries and flowers] and do the other half after flowering.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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