I transfered this honeysuckle from a large pot into the ground. I did this last Autumn, and for some reason it has taken on quite a different appearence. It now looks like a small fruit tree, infact people have asked me what fruit tree im growing. Its
very tall and upright. It didnt flower this year either. Is this quite normal?
I'm really baffled because if you look at the photo just right of the hanging bird feeders I already have a bay growing there.The mystery shrub which I assumed was my honeysuckle which grew for years in a pot is now growing into something quite different. If you look behind the bay, thats where this thing is growing, and seems to be growing taller by the day....
Whatever it is, it would be hoiked-out sharpish if I found it in my garden - most wild trees grow far to big for urban gardens and the roots can be a devil with some of them sending suckers up even after the tree is cut down..
In contrast to what everyone else has said, I think it does look like a honeysuckle. It looks like mine, Henryi, and it does have very woody stems and darker green leaves than my other honeysuckles. It's evergreen also.
Nutcutlet and Silver Surfer are right, it is a Salix species. Most likely it's Salix caprea, also known as Goat Willow. They can grow up to 9m (28ft) and need a lot of water, as most willow do. In the Netherlands they are ripped out of the garden as soon as people know what it is as it has an infamous reputation of growing it's roots in the drainage system which can and will be destroyed when the tree grows bigger.
Blimey!!! now thats worrying!! Ive attched another picture which ive just taken so you guys can be super sure. I am left gobsmacked given that this thing which lived in a pot all these years and was 100% honeysuckle could have become this monster!! what has happened to my beautiful plant since transfering it from pot to ground then. Its only been out of the pot 13 months.