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29/05/2013 at 23:27

Hi,  I have no idea what the name of this plant is growing in our garden and there are a number of shoots growing, Can someone identify it for me please.  We moved into our bungalow approx six months ago and our builder cleared our garden using a mini digger. Now we have patches of new shoots growing all over the garden, if possible i would like to save them so that when we start working in our garden i can re-plant them.  

30/05/2013 at 00:04

Can you give us a picture pennymax?

31/05/2013 at 00:05

Hi, sorry for not attaching  my pictures to my question.  ( i have been having some problems with my computer, maybe i should spend some time reading up on computers for dummies). here are some pictures of the plants which will hopefully  help identify the plant.


31/05/2013 at 05:48

could photinia red robin?

31/05/2013 at 05:49

could be photinia red robin.....

31/05/2013 at 08:18

Doesn't look like an evergreen to me

31/05/2013 at 08:29

Nor me, and photinias have smooth leaves.

I suspect it's a lurking horror if it's coming back in land that has been cleared by a digger.  The best thing to do would be to dig up some of the best specimens and put them in pots to quarantine and grow them on, just in case they turn out to be goodies.

Then you can go ahead and clear the rest of the garden and prepare the soil for planting real treasures, by which time, this one will have grown and be easier to identify and can be planted out or composted accordingly.

31/05/2013 at 09:12

looks like a tree/shrub that's beee cut down and is regrowing with multiple stems

31/05/2013 at 09:37

looks like cherry suckers to me.

I got them often. A bird passes a cherry stone in a secluded part of the garden and before you know it there's a spindely 6ft cherry tree. Cut the stem from the base, but the roots will still throw up suckers here and there.

If you keep them, there's only a possibility that you'll get cherries - i've tried leaving them to grow, but never got any fruit

Good luck

31/05/2013 at 12:16

Hi, Thank you all for your advice.  I will pot  a couple of them up and then wait and see what develops.. thanks again..x

31/05/2013 at 12:46

At least it is not Japanese knotweed!

31/05/2013 at 18:40

Don't know correct name but is it what is called Stag's Horn? spreads by suckers and does start to show this time of year. No changed my mind too pale,

31/05/2013 at 18:53

I`m 99% certain it`s as above cherry suckers, i`ve cut a few cherry trees down at work before and the result is loads of new shoots from the base of the tree. Keep spraying them off is my opinion.

01/06/2013 at 00:03

It's growing from the root of an ornamental cherry.  Unfortunately the best cherries are grafted onto a vigorous rootstock so it probably isn't worth keeping as you only have the rootstock there.

03/08/2013 at 22:08

check the shoot, if it has a narrow groove along the ridge, its quite likley that it is a cherry.

Also if you try and hand pull, does the shoot come away with any roots attached, if not then its sucker growth from a cherry root

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