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BlueBirderBlueBirder Posts: 212
Hi all, looking to pick your knowledgeable brains for an ID. 

This shrub is grown a lot round here as hedging although where it is clipped a lot it doesn't seem to flower. 

It's currently in flower where it does have less clipped growth.

Flowers are around the size of a button.

Thank you! 


  • ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn Posts: 401
    The first one looks very much like flax to me. 😊
  • BlueBirderBlueBirder Posts: 212
    @ShepherdsBarn the two pics are of the same plant, sorry - didn't make that clear! It's definitely a shrub rather than a herbaceous plant and I *think* it's evergreen...although I can't remember for certain! 
  • ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn Posts: 401
    Ah ... right - it's very pretty, whatever it is. I look forward to others' ID. 😅
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    Could be Spiraea Prunifolia ‘Plena’.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,124
    The foliage certainly looks like Spirea, so I'd go with @Borderline's ID, although it's not a plant I know. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 4,270
    @BlueBirder Immediately thought Spirea leaves but wasn't so sure about the flower size. As big as a button seemed large. However I don't know S prunifolia.

    I have grown Spirea Arguta in the past with the same leaves.
    You prune after flowering, taking it back like a hedge would be why you have shortage of flowers. If you follow the flowered stem down you will see a small side shoot this is the start of next years flowers. So dead heading to a new shoot is the way forward.

    BROWN IS A COLOUR   Piet Oudolf
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,452
    edited May 2022
    This link has clear images to compare to your shrub.
    I am not sure.

    quote  RHS link above..

    !Spiraea prunifolia (d)

    bridal wreath spiraea

    A dense, deciduous shrub about 2m tall, with arching branches and finely-toothed, glossy, bright green leaves, grey-downy beneath, turning orange or red in autumn. Double white flowers are produced in tight clusters along the branches in mid to late spring

    Other common names
    bridal wreath [6]
    Spiraea prunifolia 'Plena'"
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 4,270
    I'm also puzzled

    BROWN IS A COLOUR   Piet Oudolf
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    I looked at this again and maybe it’s Spiraea Cantoniensis Lanceata? What do you think?

    I too have seen a lot of these shrubs grown outside my local surgery and was looking them up a year ago with no luck. After seeing them again on the forum I looked with renewed interest. 
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,452
    edited May 2022

    @BlueBirder ....Where do you live?

    I am still not sure that it is Spiraea??????

    Interesting....Spiraea Cantoniensis Lanceata ...... goodness..never even heard of this...never seen it.

    Quote www...

    Spiraea cantoniensis Lanceata is a mounded shrub with gracefully arching branches. Foliage is bluish green, stays late into fall, it is almost an evergreen in warmer climates of the south. In mid spring, showy, white flowers are borne prolifically on upright corymbs."
    My problem is the mystery flowers are single.
    Spiraea are normally one stalk...with many flowers on it...a corymb
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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