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Evergreen Shrub ID Please

Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,142



I purchased the above a couple of years ago from a local 'wholesale' nursey. It got largely neglected after planting in amongst some Choisya but having trimmed them back the plant is starting to fill-out probably due to the extra sunlight.

Any ideas what this shrub is? Thanks 


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,159

    Hi Dave. It looks like a variegated Dogwood to me. Nice plant!

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,142

    Thanks LB.

    Does look similar although they seem to be generally deciduous? This is definitely evergreen. I think(!) - it's been hidden away somewhat!.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,043

    variegated portugal laurel. 

    Prunus lusitanica variegata

  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,142

    That looks like the one HF. Thanks. 

    I had a feeling it was from the Laurel family and considering I have a huge one at the front of the house I should have made the connection!

    I take it I can prune it quite hard? In saying that it's quite a young plant so I'll go easy on it. It just needs some encouragement to bush-out a little as it was in poor growing conditions previously with the shade from the other plants.

  • WaysideWayside Posts: 807

    How odd, exactly my next gardening job.  Yours is very tidy compared to my neglected pot bound gnarly!

  • WaysideWayside Posts: 807

    I've read that it's lower growing than regular laurel.  And I assume it can't generate as much energy being the variegated form.  I'm going to hack out some old growth, give it a root trim and a pot and soil upgrade, and actually water it.  I've never bothered in the past, so it must be pretty drought tolerant.

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