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04/02/2014 at 21:58

Am never sure when or how hard to prune this type of plant.

Not even sure of its name.........any ideas people?


04/02/2014 at 22:06

I don't know what it is but it looks as though cutting some of the oldest stems out right back to the base would be a good start. 

Resist cutting all the stems shorter as has happened here in the past. You end up with a tangled mass.

What are the flowers like? 

04/02/2014 at 22:10

Hi nutcutlet. My pictures aren't great to obtain any advice, apologies everyone, but if you can enlarge the bottom pic, there are some faded flowers bottom right.

04/02/2014 at 22:16

Reminds me of my Spirea but without seeing the leaves I am cannot say for sure.

04/02/2014 at 22:18

Were they pink?

04/02/2014 at 22:19

There were so few, I couldn't even tell you.

04/02/2014 at 23:06

I have enlarged to photo but can't spot the flowers you spoke of. I think you may have to post another picture when the leaves appear to get an identification. Meanwhile I would take Nutcutlet's advice and take out some of the older stems to open up the centre of the bush a bit.

04/02/2014 at 23:09

Will do, thanks everyone. Didn't give you much to work with did I ......apologies.

04/02/2014 at 23:40
I think it might be a potentilla
05/02/2014 at 00:26

Could i throw one of the shrub honeysuckles into the mix! Lonicera purpusii or Lonicera fragratissima. Also maybe a Corylopsis? 

All 3 plants are winter/spring flowering, so if you could wait a few weeks to see if those are flower buds, would help I.D. the plant.

05/02/2014 at 07:12

If there've only been a few flowers it's possible that it flowers on old wood and has been pruned at the wrong time of year so there's not been enough old wood to produce many flowers.

I'd do as Nut suggests and thin the centre of the plant from the base, but not shorten any of the other growth then there'll be some older wood left to form flowers.

Then give it a sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone  to perk it up. 

05/02/2014 at 07:22

I would wait until it flowers. If it flowers before June then prune it after flowering. If after June then you should be able too identify it when it flowers and look up what to do, or ask again here. But you can in the meantime do as Dove and Nut say if you feel it is too congested.

05/02/2014 at 17:40

Messages received & understood, thanks everyone.........

05/02/2014 at 18:43

I was going to suggest Spirea but enlarging the first pic, it looks very much like Potentilla.

05/02/2014 at 19:00

Can't tell until it leafs up.  A photo then will confirm. 

I would do it as Busy suggests.  If its a spirea Anthony waterer, for example.....I would cut it hard back to the ground after flowering.  It will quickly send up fresh growth for summer and flower again.  If its a potentilla I would tidy it up in late summer. Whatever the plant is it will look better and be far more compact.  

06/02/2014 at 09:14

Potentilla looks a good call on this plant


06/02/2014 at 19:55

Nice one folks........cheers.

06/02/2014 at 20:03

this has enlarging leaf buds, mine have nothing. Is mine dead?

06/02/2014 at 20:10

Potentilla or,spirea ...can't determine anything this early.  Both long-lived so prob yours is ok Nut 

06/02/2014 at 20:20

Thanks Verdun.

A lot is lost in a photo isn't it?  I'm sure if we had that shrub in front of us we'd know which it was.

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