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21/07/2013 at 10:04

Hi All,


I have a large shrub in my back garden against an east facing fence. I would like to know if anyone can identify this? It has pinkish  creamy florets in early spring, followed by small hip shaped berries in a metalic mauve colour. the shrub is a fast grower.


I also have an infestation of bugs on this shrub which i cannot identify any help with either would be appreciated. I have hosed them down and I have used bug killer on them, nothing even moves them. I have never seen them move, and have never seen anything like them before. They appear to congregate mostly on the more mature wood and are thickest at the top ot the shrub. They are about the size of a small ladybird.



21/07/2013 at 11:14

Updated photos


21/07/2013 at 11:46

Morning  Not sure on the real time to look...the pest is scale insect not easy to get rid of I'm afraid.

21/07/2013 at 11:52

Thank you. Not too worried about the name of the shrub, although it would be nice to know. What problems do scale insects cause?

21/07/2013 at 11:54

If you can't scrub them off with a stiff brush, the only insecticide which will work against scale insect is a systemic one which is absorbed into the plant like Provado ultimate bug killer.  It will take a long time to work and may need repeat sprayings.

Looks a bit like a Bay tree, but not sure.

Edit: Just saw your reply which appeared as I was replying.  Scale insects suck the sap of the shrub and weaken it.

21/07/2013 at 11:57

Thanks Bob, no it's not a Bay Tree.

21/07/2013 at 20:33

Type of viburnum (tinus maybe).

21/07/2013 at 20:34

Actually looks like plain old laurel mimi. If it is and you want to hack...I mean cut.... off the worst  bits it won't do it any harm.

22/07/2013 at 18:39

It's not laurel addict, but I was actually thinking today that cutting off the worst bits which are at the top might just be the best way of getting rid of the  little blighters. Not sure about it being a viburnum but I will check that out thanks Paula.

22/07/2013 at 19:18

Yes think it could be a Viburnum, no idea which one though.

22/07/2013 at 20:41

It looks like viburnum to me too.  I would scrape them off as best you can and then spray just as bob has advised.....viz., Provado ultimate bug killer

22/07/2013 at 22:08

Yep, I'm wrong. It is Viburnum...Eve Price from your description of flowers and berries. Still say hack it. They rejuvenate really well. Then feed it up,  be nice to it and zap whats left of the scale.

23/07/2013 at 17:34

Just read up on Eve Price and it certainly sounds as if that could well be the one. Can't face scraping them off they are revolting so I think I'll get the other half to lop it off about 18 inches down which will get rid of the majority of them and try spraying the remaining ones.

Thanks everyone for your help.

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