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Plant identification No. 2 please

Ang1eAng1e Posts: 27

Hello again,

I took this photo at the beginning of May and this is the only photo of the plant with any form of flower that isn't out of focus.


This is a plant that I came across in the garden, but I didn't realise it was a separate plant as it was hidden by the surrounding shrubbery.

It is growing in a south facing aspect.

Does anybody have any ideas of what it might be.  I realise it might be a challenge as the buds aren't even open but any help would be appreciated.




  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,441

    Looks like a privet flower bud.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    I was thinking the same thing fidget but the leaf colour put me off suggesting it. Maybe a golden variety? I'm more familiar with the common dark green.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,263

    Privet was my first thought too.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,252

    Does have the look of the native Privet which is deciduous rather than evergreen so the leaves are a lighter green than the normal hedging type.

  • I'd go with privet.

    Any lilac in the vicinity?  Some lilacs are grated onto the native privet, and the rootstock may have sprung into life. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,458

    I agree with privet too.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • Ang1eAng1e Posts: 27

    Thanks very much for your suggestions.  Privet it is.  I looked it up on the RHS website and it has the small black berries on it now too to confirm it.

    Berghill: It is deciduous rather than evergreen.

    Dovefromabove: There is a Lilac perhaps 3 meters away in the same bed.  I'm not sure it was planted by the previous owner though as the base is only a couple of inches away from a (Holly?).

    Its supposed to have a 2.5-4m spread but it doesn't stand a chance of reaching that at the moment.  It all seems to be a bit crowded and I may have to do some pruning of the surrounding shrubs to get the best of it.

    I'm happy to keep it as it seems to be good for the wildlife.  The flowers are supposed to have an unpleasant fragrance but I cant smell properly so its no issue for me image

    Thank you all for your help.



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