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!
I think it might be one of the red leaved hazels, perhaps planted by a squirrel or a young copper beech.
Wasn't it there last year? It doesn't look like something that's germinated this year
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.
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?
It does get strimmed each year, but wouldn't a strimmer have broken if it came into contact with it?
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.
I did it to a tiny hawthorn seedling on Friday. I hope it recovers as well as that one.
It looks like copper beech to me.
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
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