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March flowering pink shrub

I have this superb pink shrub in my garden but I didn't plant it. What is it please? It flowers very early - before anything else and is flowering now. Thanks.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,449

    That looks like a Viburnum x bodnantense - possibly 'Dawn'

    Should have a lovely perfume - especially on mild winter days image

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,638

    agree with Dove, as ever. 

    And , may I say, what a beauty it is. I'm very jealous.

    Devon.
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422

    I have this in my garden but it's only about a 2 feet tall at the moment.Something to look forward too if it looks as good as the OP's shrub!

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,449

    It's a gorgeous one isn't it?

    When you need to prune it, please don't do what so many do and just reduce it's height and turn it into a pink shaving brush.

    After flowering remove the oldest stems from low down near the base, leaving the younger growth - that way you'll keep the lovely fluid fountain effect. 

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  • Many thanks everyone. Quite right about the aroma - it smells beautifully. I have had the house for 13 years and it was already there when I bought it, so it must easily be 15 years old, quite possibly a few more.

    Thanks also for the pruning advice. I am coming to realise that I have a few shrubs in the garden that require this sort of treatment, notably the forsythia and I have recently given the dogwood a serious seeing to; it was rampant.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,378

    Love the shaving brush description Dove. image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,449

    It's what happens so often doesn't it Nut - there should be a law against it image

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