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Can anyone help me to identify these plants - mostly seen today on a walk around our neighbourhood.imageimagePictures 1 and 2 are the same plant.imageimageIs picture 4 a rambling rose?imageThe last plant looked like a giant cotoneaster - about 8 or 9 foot high.

Last edited: 04 October 2016 20:06:29


  • Hibiscus, but not the hardiest form, I recall. Two is rosa rugosa - the hips can go on the barbecue, sharp sweet taste, Three, cotoneaster, probably C. cornubia.


  • OK, so 1 and 2 are of a hibiscus as hortum-cretae says, and indeed, not hardy, probably a tender bedding plant. I don't know the variety. 3 shows a hardy shrub, Hibiscus syriacus, possibly the variety 'Arden'? 4 is as Hortum-cretae says Rosa rugosa, but in the absence of flowers, we cannot tell the variety. Last one looks to me like Cotoneaster 'Cornubia'.

  • So the first three pictures are Hibiscus - there was another hibiscus in that garden - but the flowers had finished already. Yes, sorry now flowers left on the Rosa rugosa but the hips looked amazingly big and juicy - aren't they attractive to birds? I had never realized that Cotoneasters came in such large varieties - again the birds don't seem to have attacked the berries, surprisingly. Thanks Cambridgerose and Hortum

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,890

    Often the birds don't take the berries until they are softened by the winter weather. 

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

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