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Please can you add a pic to this thread.
From your description it sounds like Corylus avellana contorta... a twisted Hazel.
It is prone to sucker from the graft below ground level.
All straight growth from below ground, must be removed or you will have a plain Corylus avellana. An ordinary Hazel tree. See this pic which shows suckers....
blackest.. the link you give is to a stock photo.
Professional photographers advertise their pics on different sites in the hope people will buy them for magazines /cards etc. to earn them money
They see a pretty tree with blossom and just add a name ... such as "beautiful japanese cherry."
However, very often the labels are vague.
Certainly you cannot trust it as botanically accurate.
Prunus cerasifera nigra often has red leaves in summer.
I believe it is Prunus cerasifera.
Common name Cherry plum.
We planted a few Libertia peregrinans many years ago in a dry shady area.
They looked stunning.
Then swamping everything else.
Spreading by roots.
They took over .
So much so we were forced to weed every single one out!
Be very careful where you plant them!
Woodgreen wonderboy, I said Taxus baccata fastigiate was the upright growing Yew that chris was asking for.
Yes Yew is a great choice....BUT would you recommend it for regularly harvesting the timber?
If I read this correctly chris is not looking for harvesting the green branches .. he seems to be after the timber.
My argument is that timber is very very slow to bulk up.
Autumn is the time to tidy dead leaves on an evergreen spring flowering Iris.
You can also give it a complete haircut in Autumn.
But bear in mind the leaves help support the flowers.
I rather like the look of beautiful flower amongst green and brown leaves.
Agree... it will not be in your life time that you will be able to harvest any useable timber.
The greenery can be hard pruned.
Chris, what do you need the wood for?
Agree about the Choisya.
Sorry to disagree Salino
Clipped shrub to left in both pics... cannot be Lilac.. Syringa is not evergreen.
Pittosporum tobira variegatum has much larger leaves.Rounded, slightly recurved.
I would need to see good close ups of other shrubs to suggest what they are.
You need to buy Taxus baccata fastigiata.
This is the upright/ narrow/ columner growing, native Irish Yew.
The Pittosporum is the one with green leaves edged white in centre of pic 2.
The one referred to in pic 1 to left of bench, clipped ... need a good close up to show details to even begin to id it.