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Can you identity my mystery plant

This mystery plant has appeared this year. It's is quick growing got no flowers or blossom as yet, it's tree like and unusual leaves, any ideas as to what it is. I don't know whether to let it grow or pull it up.... It's appeared thar fast... Thank you for any help....



  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,071

    Looks a bit like a bay struggling for light - if you crush one of the older leaves any smell?

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,463

    It also look a lot like Salix caprea so if it doesn't have that lovely aromatic smell when you crush a leaf then I think it may be the Salix. In which case you need to get rid of it. They pop up everywhere - often in plant pot compost.

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  • No there is no distinct smell to the leaflets kinder like a cross between privit  moved grass and nettle lol, here's a close up leaf...image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,559

    I think Ladybird is right Salix caprea. If not caprea, Salix something else, but willow definitely

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,383

    If you don't want it, remove it quickly. It'll turn into a large shrub/ small tree in no time.

  • Thank you for your replies I think sailx is a good contender. Think he will be dug out this weekend if there is a break in the rain....seems like he's going to get big

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