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Hi, This small tree/shrub was in my garden when we moved in and was very overgrown. Cut it right back  but don't know what it is.  My dad thought it was a Hawthorn and i need to dig it up but I'm not convinced. No thorns that i can see and i haven't seen it flower or develop fruits.




And this one my mum suggested might be a flamingo tree but I am not 100% as it looks a bit dull in colour. 




any ideas? Thank you!



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,361

    1 isn't a hawthorn but I don't know what it is.

    2 could be Salix 'Flamingo' but it's a bit blurry when I enlarge it.

    Another photo might helpimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • HCAHCA Posts: 129

    1. may be Escallonia.  I agree second one Salix but more like Salix integra 'Hakuru Nishiki' but I am not familiar with 'Flamingo' and this could well be a selection from 'Hakuru Nishiki'.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989

    I agree that 1. looks like Escallonia. 

    Not sure at all about the second - can't see it very clearly.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

    Spooky! Have you been in my garden?


    I can't see the leaves on yours but if it's like this... it may be a lavertera...




  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951

    Had a closer look, leaves nothing mystery not solved

  • Thanks everyone!

    MrsGarden that is an uncanny resemblance! image

    Managed to to get some less blurry pics of flamingo like plant. The buds look pale yellow? 







    It does look like the salix integra or flamingo that nutcutlet and Hugh Angus mentioned. Going to research how to prune it properly now to make it bushier like the ones on Google images 

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