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Cat 3Cat 3 Posts: 107

Could someone please help me identify the large evergreen plant near my front door.  It has leaves of green and russet red.  Very fluid and free moving in the wind.  I would like to know the name so I can investigate and find out about pruning and upkeep.


Thank you.





  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    That could be a rather unhealthy photinia.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,359

    Could you take a photo from the other side please. That one doesn't show much detail.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,155

    The leaves look too long and thin for Photinia, but the colours are right. I would like to see a photo of the whole shrub.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 828

    Completely agree, looks like a very sickly Photinia but a photo of the whole bush might help a bit more.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Initially I thought it was a laurel looking at the foliage, but the description didn't match. I'd agree with BL - leaves seem far too fine to be Photinia, but the colours and description would suggest something like Photinia. The problem suggests it too! 

    A bigger photo needed as already suggested image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • HCAHCA Posts: 129

    Hi, Its a Dodonaea viscosa a member of the Soapberry family, Sapindaceae.  It is fairly tender and needs protection in cold areas.  Flowers are insignificant but the seed interesting.  Plenty of information on the web.

  • turmericturmeric Posts: 828

    Well done HCA.  Not heard of that one before, but looking online I think you've hit the nail on the head.

  • Cat 3Cat 3 Posts: 107

    Thank you.  I think you are right.  I have had a further look at the plants and the photos online.  It says to prune in late winter or early spring.


    Thank you all.image

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