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Denno666Denno666 Posts: 109

Does anyone know what what this plant is? We found it in the garden, growing alongside the foxgloves. Whatever it is, I rather like its colour! 

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    I think it might be one of the red leaved hazels, perhaps planted by a squirrel or a young copper beech.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,572

    Wasn't it there last year? It doesn't look like something that's germinated this year

  • Denno666Denno666 Posts: 109

    It could well have been there last year, it's in part of the garden that has gotten a bit overgrown . Have looked them both up, I would be quite happy if it was a red leaved hazel, which looks quite nice, but its on greenbelt land so I don't know whether I can just leave it be or not.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    As nut says, if it is a sapling it looks like it has been cut back and developed several stems (coppiced.)  Does that area get mowed or strimmed back each year?

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Denno666Denno666 Posts: 109

    It does get strimmed each year, but wouldn't a strimmer have broken if it came into contact with it?

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    Not necessarily. If the shoots were very young and thin (ah, memories of times past) the strimmer would like as not have dealt with them without any problems.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    I did it to a tiny hawthorn seedling on Friday. I hope it recovers as well as that one. 

  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,410

    It looks like copper beech to me.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Denno666Denno666 Posts: 109

    if it's been coppiced, will that keep a check on its height? It would be nice if it did, it's not really the right place for a large tree

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,572

    It looks more like beech to me as well, but yes, you can let it grow to the height you want, cut it back to start again, or prune some branches and leave the rest, whatever you like. I'd say it's quite well established under there

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