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16/06/2013 at 10:38

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Can anyone identify this shrub. Been bugging me for about 2 years. Large, parsley like leaves, deciduous. Forsythia like stems but much darker. Never seen it flower. Client likes it cut into a ball shape. Without identifying it, I don't know when to prune/shape. Would also like to know the flower colour, flowering period etc. Thanks.

16/06/2013 at 10:39

For some reason it has loaded the pictures sideways....

16/06/2013 at 11:17

How large is large for the leaf DGM? The shape is much as my syringa x laciniata but I wouldn't call the leaves large. Though who know how big they'd get if they had better soil. 

The pics don't enlarge and I can't see the bush very well.

 

 

16/06/2013 at 11:34

Sorry the leaves aren't large. The shrub is! And I think you've nailed it! A quick google image search confirmed it. Thank you.

16/06/2013 at 12:20

Thanks again. So this Syringa had been "balled up" for years. I hate doing it!!! Does it follow similar pruning to other Syringa's? 

16/06/2013 at 12:34

I don't know this one - sounds gorgeous http://www.finegardening.com/plantguide/syringa-x-laciniata-cut-leaf-lilac.aspx

If it's guaranteed to attract humming birds I might get one 

16/06/2013 at 12:58

Never had the humming birds yet Dove. Didn't even get the humming bird hawkmoth last year. 

I've never pruned mine DGM except to cut off the odd branch stuck out at a funny angle. Seems an unlikely candidate for topiary

 

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