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Aug 26, 2013 11:22 AM

mystery tree/shrub in our garden

Hi, I'm new here so if I'm in the wrong place please let me know.

 

We moved to Mountain Ash, South Wales about a year ago and have this tree/shrub in a dark corner of our garden (hostas love this corner). I can't find it in the identification area because it does not bear any flower or fruit. Attached are some photos.

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I'd be grateful for any help. Thanks

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    Aug 26, 2013 12:25 PM (in response to Eadiedog)
    Re: mystery tree/shrub in our garden

    It is goat willow, Salix caprea; probably self-sown.

    It is also called pussy willow, though that name is also sometimes used for Salix cinerea.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salix_caprea

     

    Mike

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        Aug 26, 2013 4:12 PM (in response to Eadiedog)
        Re: mystery tree/shrub in our garden

        You're welcome.

         

        Comments on apparent lack of flowers:

        1. It may only just be getting to flowering size.

        2. I note you have been pruning it; in doing so you may have been removing shoots including flower buds.

        3. If (as if often the case) your specimen is self-sown, there may be others roundabout (including the parent, which must be mature enough to flower). If you can find any of those, you may find flowers on them at the right time of year. ...As an indirect means of confirming the ID of your plant, assuming other characters match.

         

        Mike

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