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Hello there, keen gardeners.

In my garden grow a very strange specimen. I do not know the name but it is quite a common bush.

It has been there for years and I always thought that maybe I planted two of them all those years ago. This spring I did a bit of trimming and I can only find the one plant. Yet, half is white, half is pinkish - red. On closer inspection, some flowers are half/half. That is a bit strange. 

If anybody knows why this happens, even the name of the bush for starters would be welcomed




Northern Scotland


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,710

    Spiraea shirobana springs to mind

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,710

    just googled it. Methinks I'm right. image

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,248

    And the reason for the dual colour is a genetic mistake in part of the bush. This is how new varieties of things have arisen in the past. It is called a 'sport'. It happens quite often in Chrysanthemums where say a red flowering plant will throw a yellow variant.

    A lot of variegated shrubs have arisen this way.

  • Thanks people. Spiraea shirobana sport I have then.image

    Northern Scotland
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,818

    It seems this shrub naturally produces both pink and white flowers - 

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Oh no. I thought we had the sporty type, and it now turns out to be the standard type. dam.....

    Northern Scotland
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