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02/04/2013 at 20:25

Had this plant in the garden for the last year, but still haven't figured out what it is. Any idea's? Bonus points if you can also identify the small plant near the back-right corner of the third photo (was a cutting we were given but can't remember what they said it was called!).

 I look forward to all your suggestions!

02/04/2013 at 21:13

Do either of them have flowers at all?

Can't see very well, but the one at the back might be a choisya - if it is it will have little white flowers in spring.

02/04/2013 at 21:21

Chicky-click on the pictures for a bigger view and again to zoom

02/04/2013 at 21:26

Thanks Geoff - works a treat.

However, unfortunately now I can't blame my ignorance on poor eyesight!  And I am still not very much wiser!! 

03/04/2013 at 09:57

I don't remember it flowering last year. Was worried it was just a weed and foolishly I had just let it grow. Any other ideas?

03/04/2013 at 11:03

It could be a skimmia or a pieris. Both have white flowers in the Spring. Skimmia have round flat heads composed of lots of tiny flowers, pieris have sprays of lily of the valley shaped flowers. Neither has any scent to speak of.

03/04/2013 at 11:07

Hopefully it'll flower this year and we can find out! lol.

03/04/2013 at 11:10

Neither looks like Choisya - I was chopping chunks off a rampant one yesterday and the leaves are not quite the same shape. Choisya also has quite a powerful smell when cut or leaves broken - not sure how to describe it, though.  Is the back one some sort of perennial? The leaves are rather low to the ground for a shrub.

03/04/2013 at 11:48

Looks to me like some sort of viburnum tinus.

03/04/2013 at 14:34
I agree with Flo, don't think either of them are a Choisya.
Mmmmm, perhaps like tombo says, the front one could be a Viburnum..

I wonder if the one at the back might be a type of Hebe?
03/04/2013 at 15:36

I do enjoy these mystery plants (although I can rarely suggest anything!)

I agree with Nola and think the small one at the back is a Hebe but have no idea what the main one is.

03/04/2013 at 22:50

I'll go with Nola on both. I can even see a few little holes from viburnum beetle.

03/04/2013 at 22:57

I agree. This shows the leaves of viburnum tinus.


03/04/2013 at 22:58

I have a plant like this and it is a cross between a Mahonia and something else which may be some form of berberis. Latter is a bit of a guess though.

03/04/2013 at 23:02

Sounds interesting WW. Have you got a photo of that one?

03/04/2013 at 23:03

Have just looked this up on plantfinder and there is a cross between mahonia and berberis, called mahoberberis...could be this?

03/04/2013 at 23:05

I'll go and have a google. Never heard of that

03/04/2013 at 23:06

I don't have a photo but plantfinder does. There may be more than 1 cross between these 2 plants. There are quite a lot of each one.

03/04/2013 at 23:08

Have now though. I know they're quite closely related but didn't know they crossed. Prickly edged leaves though, very mahonia looking.

03/04/2013 at 23:12

Mine is less prickly than usual Mahonia thug needles.

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