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Could someone help me identify this plant please? 

its been a fantastic ever-green with thick waxy leaves - was about 8 ft high but sadly got some kind of disease so i'd like to get a replacement

i did find similar leaf images labeled as 'bay laurel' or 'sweet bay' but when i look at those plants to buy, their leaves seem very different e.g. longer and thinner?  

any enlightenment would be much appreciated



  • i also seem to remember some of the branches having thorny spikes! 

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,045

    Is it perhaps an Olearia macrodonta?

  • DimWitDimWit Posts: 553

    If the underside is a bit wooly it could be loquat, like mine (Eriobotrya japonica).

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,044

    Looks like a bay tree to me, def not loquat. Do the leaves smell when you crush them? If it is a bay tree it will probably grow back. My daughter's bay tree doesn't have thin leaves.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,995

    It's not Bay. Could be the Olearia that Berghill suggests. I'm not familiar with the loquat.

    What were the flowers like before it had its haircut bex?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Could it be an Eleagnus? It's the young shoots that make me think of that plant.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,769

    Elaeagnus ebbingei ?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,995

    that wavy edge to the leaf is more olearia

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,450

    My first thought was Eleagnus or Bay as suggested by others...  not Olearia macrodonta, that has large holly like leaves heavily serrated..

    East Anglia, England
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,995

    An in focus shot of the growing tips would tell for sure. The eleagnus is quite distinctive. I enlarged them to a blur, no help there.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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