Mystery Plant (Again)

bookmonsterbookmonster Posts: 196

Hi! Thanks to everyone who helped identify my photinia. Does anyone know what this tall thing is? It's ok at the moment as it's just bare branches and buds, but it blocked the light from the window last year. I'd like to find out if it can be pruned and how big it will get.



I can take more detailed photos if required. Thank you!


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    Looks like one of the elders to me. If it is you can cut it right back to start again. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,612

    Yes, looks like an elder (Sambucus).  Are the new leaves golden in the spring? 

    Possibly Golden Glow or similar 

    I'd cut one third of the branches down to the base now, the same next spring and the same the following year, and carry on like that, so that none of the stems are more than three years old.  That'll keep it more compact and with young growth.

    A lovely shrub - use a few of the flowers to make elderflower fritters or to flavour a gooseberry pie, or a lot of them to make elderflower wine image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • bookmonsterbookmonster Posts: 196

    Thanks, that looks likely! I don't remember what the leaves were like yesterday, and I don't remember seeing flowers or berries, but we only moved in last year. Would you cut right down to the base, or leave a bud or two? Thanks!

  • AtillaAtilla Posts: 1,493

    It responds well to cutting down to 6". It will restore bushiness.

  • bookmonsterbookmonster Posts: 196

    Great, I'll give it a go!

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