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Anyone any idea what this might be? It is a small tree/large shrub and has these strange gnarled looking 'fruit' all on it?
No, wasn't sure quite what to do with it!
The leaves look more like a magnolia. Did it have flowers on earlier on in the year?
I also think the foliage looks like Magnolia. None of my Magnolias have ever set fruit so I have no idea what they look like. Try "googling" Magnolia fruit to look at what they look like.
That is a Magnolia. I suspect when the fruit casings go brown, and pop, the seeds inside will be a startling red....
But as to variety....
It sounds as if you have just moved house and not seen the shrub in flower?
Hah... wait until early spring. Breathtaking!
It's a magnolia and looks the same as this one:
Magnolia stellata 'Rosea'
Thank you very much - we moved here in April and it was heavily buried under roses, nettles and geraniums, so certainly didn't see it in flower! Something to look forward to next year. Thanks again.