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 Has anyone got any ideas as to what this is?

I bought it about 3 years ago as Clerodendrum bungei but it soon became clear that it wasn't. The leaves are quite leathery, it has never flowered and is growing well in my chalky soil.

Woodgreen wonderboy

I vote for hazel too in which case it might cause problems being so close to the fence. If you want to keep it for the foliage you will have to coppice it every 2/3 years.


not hazel, the leaves are wrong and the leaf stalks too long.. Hazel is a much coarser loking shrub.


Looks a lot  like Hornbeam.


Thankyou all but it is not a hazel or a hornbeam.


I don't know Viburnum dentatum but did wonder about one of the viburnums


that sounds nice, but perhaps not if you wanted the clerodendrum.

my C. trichotomum is having a good year, building up for a great fruiting


I agree with Nutcutlet, I have had one for 7 years and this is the first year that it is full of blossom. I am eagerly looking forward to the stunning berries in their scarlet calyxes. They dry beautifully and retain their colour too.

Lion S

This is Davidia involucrata, the Handkerchief Tree. It's a georgeous tree but it does take a while before you can enjoy it's flowers ( which look like small handkerchiefs), about ten years!!

If you want to keep the tree it would be advisable to move it from that spot because it will eventually reach to 12 m/ 38 ft. You can, of course, keep it at the height it is now, but in that case you'll hardly get any flowers at all. If you wish to move it, you can do so after the leaves have fallen but make sure that there's a rootball of about 50 cm in diameter, otherwise the roots might possibly dry out.



Where did you get your 'Clerodendrum bungei' from Moargyl?

Silver surfer

Flowerchild is right!

Davidia involucrata it is.



I personally don't think it's a Davidia involucrata the leaves on your tree are different to the leaves on Davidia involucrata.

The leaves on Davidia involucrata are smooth with the leaf structure on the underside were your leafs are rough and structure is really visible on the face

But I'm a clueless beginner



Silver surfer

There are 2 different Davidia.

Davidia involucrata and Davidia involucrata var vilmoriniana.

One has completely smooth leaves the other has hairy leaves.

Forget which way round it is.


We had a 15 year old specimen that flowered in the last 2 years.

I knew I recognised the leaf earlier just couldn't think why!


...this is Davidia involucrata, if you want to enlarge and compare...



Lovely, can't think where I'd fit it in though.

Re the C. bungeii which it should have been, how hardy is that? It's been on my 'maybe' list for some time


C. bungeii......I see one in a town garden in Fenland that seems to survive well enough - on my way to work...although I believe they die back to ground level like Fuchsia's and regrow to flower in the same season, if caught by severe weather....

..perhaps best for the south coast....? any case the leaves are smelly when crushed....


..p.s. I'm having trouble with the forums workings today...I don't think they like people who don't visit too often...


C. trichotomum smells as well, the floers have a good scent but you have to be careful not to touch a leaf when smelling them