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Mystery prickly plant

Hi everyone, You have helped me out before so hopefully you can help again. I just moved to a new house with lots of lovely plants. However the front border is filled to the brim with these lanky prickly plants with large round red berries. The berries almost look like mini tomatoes, and the fine prickles on the branches are so sharp! I think I will cut them all down but want to know what they are first. Any ideas? Please help!


  • prickly with berries - at this time of year one thinks holly!...or a pyracantha?

    if you can upload a photo we may be able to help.

    Do the birds like the berries?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,415

    I'd need a photo as well.

    Have the plants still got leaves?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Whatever they turn out to be don't cut them now the birds will have the berries . "Large" berries I would also have said Pyracantha / Escallonia...wonder if they are Rose hips.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,415

    Rosa rugosa is quite tomato like.


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Yes, I agree - sounds like Rosa rugosa. I've got a lovely hedge of this, the perfume is out of this world!

  • Hi everyone. Sorry for the delay in posting a it is. After some googling I think it is probably Rosa Rugosa. (thanks to, landgirl100 and nutcutlet) It sounds like a really nice shrub. I'm just worried about my 1 year old hurting himself running around in the front garden. It would be such a shame to chop down something like this though. I need to think long and hard about it. 

    Thanks again for being such a huge help again. I have moved into a house with a stacked garden, of which I only know a handful of the plants. So no doubt you will be hearing from me again as spring comes. image




  • Once it's got leaves on it won't look quite so dangerous! But seriously, your little one needs to learn about prickly plants and I don't think you'll have a problem with injury - it's like teaching them about hot things etc. My sons never hurt themselves on the plants in the garden (they did build a tree house and a friend fell out of it and broke his arm, though!).

  • yes it's knowledge of what's safe to touch (or eat) and what's not that is really important.....and a bit of country lore, like the recognition of dock leaves when you've just discovered what stinging nettles can do.

  • Yes I suppose you are right. My little boy will need to learn about prickly plants at some point, might as well start him young.

    Would I be okay to chop down some of the taller parts of the plant right now or should I wait until early spring?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,572

    I would leave the hips for the birds, and then prune down hard in Spring.

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