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Posted: 08/12/2017 at 23:49

This is rather interesting.

Yes it all points to Hebe with  opposite  fine, long slender leaves./lance shaped/willow like

This rules out many Hebe sp/hybrids.

The spike of flowers is strong.....very upright...whilst many Hebe have flower heads that are lax/droop.

I have never seen a flower head with such beautiful  big  individual tubular flowers.

Your pic is really very clear and excellent quality.

Normally Hebe flowers are so small it is hard to see any detail of the individual flowers/ petals.

 The stamen are colour at all.

I am intrigued as to where this very healthy Hebe came from?

Is it a new cultivar/hybrid maybe?

Hebe stricta just doesn't seem to fit .

ginko biloba tree

Posted: 05/12/2017 at 16:43

Quote..."hello, we have a slim ginko biloba tree on our lawn, about twenty feet tall."

Oh my goodness!

It would not be impossible.....but would take over 2 year.

First you would need to root prune it...wait for new roots to grow.

Then you would need a crane to lift it, move it.

It would cost a small fortune.

See pics re  preparing/root pruning/lifting gear in images below.

Last edited: 05 December 2017 16:44:50

Plant id

Posted: 04/12/2017 at 17:12

Many thanks.

New pics ruled our  my suggestion of Viburnum instantly.


Posted: 04/12/2017 at 15:01

4. Persea americana Wurtz is a small one...Avocado.

But I cannot imagine that you would ever get fruit in UK unless you have a huge heated greenhouse.

Not sure anyone would sell it in UK.

Maybe you should start your gardening with easy to grow plants for a North of England spot, see how they get on..... and then progress to more exotic stuff.

See my other posts above.


Posted: 04/12/2017 at 14:51

Using the RHS web site to search your Ugni molinae..... it comes up with Mucklestone nursery as being nearest to West Yorkshire.

2. Search for Prunus avium Stella.

Hope this helps.

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Posted: 04/12/2017 at 14:40


Enter the latin name for each plant. Find RHS web site.

On the screen is a search box .....where you can search for suppliers. Find a plant.

Eg Chlilean Ugni molinae.

This is what the screen looks like. 

There will be growers who can supply them ..but you may not get all on your list from one grower.

To order by mail order could prove a very expensive option.

Why not visit a really good garden centre near you to see what they have.

You may get the lemon.

Larch Cottage near Penrith is a huge grower/nursery...many plants they have are unusual rare..

Always worth a visit.

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Posted: 04/12/2017 at 14:13

Hi James,

Please can you tell us where you live?

These sound a bit tender for the trees and shrubs  normally grown here in Britain./UK

Last edited: 04 December 2017 14:13:40

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Posted: 04/12/2017 at 09:31

Please could you add a clear close up to show the leaves and a twig with leaves on it.

I think it is a Viburnum sp but would like to see more pics to be sure.

Can you identify

Posted: 03/12/2017 at 14:17

Agree Plectranthus sp..

However not a match for Plectranthus ciliatus...which has very hairy purple hairs on the stems etc.

See  more details here..

Last edited: 03 December 2017 14:19:26

ginko biloba tree

Posted: 03/12/2017 at 11:16

They are an interesting tree and are especially fab in autumn, when the leaves turn golden.

I love them.

Difficult decision.

Rather depends on the size of the garden...distance from house.

I wouldn't reduce the would completely spoil  symmetry slim shape.

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