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Identification of Tree!!

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 17:05

I believe it is Prunus cerasifera. 

Common name Cherry plum.



Libertias....who knows em?

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 19:10


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!

Looking for a 'fast' growing Yew tree (Taxus)

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 08:02

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.

iris unguicularis

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 07:54

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.

Looking for a 'fast' growing Yew tree (Taxus)

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 09:33

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?

Can anyone tell me what this shrub might be?

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 09:09


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.

Can anyone tell me what this shrub might be?

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 16:55

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.

Blind bulbs

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 14:18

Try digging oneor two up.

Check for firmness.

Cut in half and check for maggots.

We had this problem but it was caused by very healthy  bulbs just being too congested.

They needed lifting and replanting with more room.

Small evergreen shrubs/ small plants

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 13:21

My pleasure.

A pic is so much easier to id any plant.

Yes. Grow both these plants.

Evergreen shrubs are very useful in any garden.


The Gaultheria procumbens spreads and never grows more than a few inches tall.

Pieris get taller.

Hope you have acidic soil.

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