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What is the name of this shrub?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 12:09

As this picture is taken from a rather close position, could it perhaps be oval-leaved privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium)?

problems with pear tree

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 10:40

Goodmorning  john boy3,

Your Pear tree is suffering from Brown Spot Disease. Scientific name: Stemphylium vesicarium.

Root damage is indeed possible, but the wound in the first picture looks like it's an old one which the tree has already healed itself. If you open that wound again, you'll also cut through the barriers inside  which may lead to another infection or it may start rotting away. My advice would be to leave that wound intact.

I think you should take your picture to a fruit nursery and ask their advice, maybe even ask if they have the time to come and have a look at it. Old trees are very valuable for birds and other wildlife and most of the time they make a excellent feature in a garden.


Albizia julibrissin

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 10:00

Hehehe TM, yep I geddit!   It remains a 'fascinating' subject, doesn't it ((geddit too? ) Is this when you write "no pun intended"???))

You're  welcome, I loved to help you TM. I'm curious though, whatever dìd happen at the RHS? Sorry if I'm too nosey, just say so if you think I am...

Albizia julibrissin

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 19:19

Sorry TM, I thought I did send you one back, but apparently I didn't press the send button  Must be an early senior moment.

But be assured that it doesn't harm the tree at all, only if you think it's ugly, or if you want normal looking leaves, then you'll need to remove everything abnormal to a normal looking shoot. If it's a whole branch with leaves looking like that, take it out completely. And Summer is a good time to do it. Wounds heal quicker now.

Hope that's what you wanted to know. And I will report back if I receive a reaction on the other forums.


Albizia julibrissin

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 12:01

TM, didn't you get my mail?

what shrub is purple flowered beauty?

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 12:03

Pete8 is right, that's Thalictrum delavayi.

Anyone grown Linaria maroccana (moroccan toadflax)

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 12:32

Sorry cairnsie, no photos I'm afraid. I don't even have a camera

Anyone grown Linaria maroccana (moroccan toadflax)

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 09:35

Oh, they're lovely, cairnsie. And they're absolutely not invasive, they are annuals. I've sown them in between thrifts of Stipa tenuifolia, among other meadow flower-like plants, and it looked stunning. I used a seedmix called Linaria maroccana 'Northern Lights Mixed'.


Albizia julibrissin

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 09:16

Wow, TaraMaiden, that indeed looks like fasciation in your Albizia. So, you're now unofficially owner of a botanical freak  It does look weird, doesn't it?  I've just checked my own tree, but nah, everything normal there. 

Would you object to me copying the picture and posting it on a couple of Dutch forums to ask if any of the knowledgeable nursery men/women there have ever seen this before in Albizia julibrissin ?

Albizia julibrissin

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 11:50

No, I have seen many Albizias, small ànd tall, but I have never seen this or heard it mention. Could it be some kind of fasciation (from Webster's Dictionary: a malformation of plant stems commonly manifested as enlargement and flattening as if several stems were fused)??

Is it possible to post a picture of the leaves, TaraMaiden?

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