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02/04/2014 at 20:10


02/04/2014 at 20:13

That looks to me like elder (Sambucus) that has been coppiced and what you have there is one year old growth. 

02/04/2014 at 20:13

Can we have an in focus pic of leaves with a bit of stem? I'm thinking either elder or buddleja.

02/04/2014 at 20:28

Looking at the bending bits, I'd go for Elder

02/04/2014 at 20:32


Elder smells horrible Paul, scrape a bit or rub the leaves and see what it smells like

02/04/2014 at 20:47

I thought perhaps a spiraea but I just didn't know. It is 100 not a buddleija and i doubt an elder as I know both of them and the sambucus comes out in purple leaves (I thought) so I really do know what it is......oh I wish I could have one of you experts come along to view it and tell me  I tried to get close with my Iphone but it just will not take a close up with good images....its very frustrating....

02/04/2014 at 20:48

Ok nutcutlet I will try that but I can usually identify elder

02/04/2014 at 20:51

My elder is the wild sort and the leaves are much more advanced than that already.

02/04/2014 at 20:53

Could it be a syringa? 

02/04/2014 at 21:03

They don't look like elder leaves emerging to me Fidget.

Ryan, there's Syringa vulgaris etc which I know as lilacs 

Then there's syringa, which is what some people call philadelphus.

If you mean philadelphus I think it's a possibility


02/04/2014 at 21:03

Hi Ryan, no its 100% not a lilac


02/04/2014 at 21:04

No its not Philadelphus either nutcutlet as I have seen many of them and its not it...ah its annoying

02/04/2014 at 21:09

Those leaves will be opening any day now and we can have another photo

02/04/2014 at 21:10

Ok great, I will take another photo Nutcutlet  

02/04/2014 at 22:54

It is elder, no doubt in my mind cut one of the stems, if it's hollow then it's elder. Philadelphus is in my opinion is out of the question, the stems aren't like that.

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