Unidentified shrub. Please help!!!

CercisCercis Posts: 42

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Can anyone identify this shrub. Been bugging me for about 2 years. Large, parsley like leaves, deciduous. Forsythia like stems but much darker. Never seen it flower. Client likes it cut into a ball shape. Without identifying it, I don't know when to prune/shape. Would also like to know the flower colour, flowering period etc. Thanks.

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  • CercisCercis Posts: 42

    For some reason it has loaded the pictures sideways....

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    How large is large for the leaf DGM? The shape is much as my syringa x laciniata but I wouldn't call the leaves large. Though who know how big they'd get if they had better soil. image

    The pics don't enlarge and I can't see the bush very well.

     

     

  • CercisCercis Posts: 42

    Sorry the leaves aren't large. The shrub is! And I think you've nailed it! A quick google image search confirmed it. Thank you.

  • CercisCercis Posts: 42

    Thanks again. So this Syringa had been "balled up" for years. I hate doing it!!! Does it follow similar pruning to other Syringa's? 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,785

    I don't know this one - sounds gorgeous http://www.finegardening.com/plantguide/syringa-x-laciniata-cut-leaf-lilac.aspx

    If it's guaranteed to attract humming birds I might get one image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Never had the humming birds yet Dove. Didn't even get the humming bird hawkmoth last year. 

    I've never pruned mine DGM except to cut off the odd branch stuck out at a funny angle. Seems an unlikely candidate for topiaryimage

     

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