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help identifying this vigorous tree

angus, United Kingdom Gb

I'm wondering if anyone can help identify this tree ( or large shrub) which we have here. It's presently around 12 feet high. This tree was already here when we moved in and I haven't successfully identified it yet. I suspect the previous owners planted this tree to provide privacy, as it is in a very "strategic" position between two houses. It has been suggested that it might be a Prunus, but whatever it is, it's extremely vigorous which makes me think we have got a young ( but potentially large) tree on our hands. It grows about 2 feet per year and I am concerned that - if left untended- it would grow to a gigantic size. This tree has pink flowers every September, the flowers are just coming out now.
Any help gratefully appreciated!




Look at the tall Viburnums, some can reach 10 to 12 ft. The leaves look like Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' and it flowers October to March.
If it is? this is a large shrub that needs thinning and harder pruning will keep it compact.

5 Sep, 2012


yes i agree its a viburnum. dont know which one but i know Dawn has pink flowers.

5 Sep, 2012


I agree with Viburnum. Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' I would leave to prune in early spring, as they have lovely deep pink flowers that you can prune to have a nice arrangement of indoors to cheer you up, they also have a perfume.

5 Sep, 2012


If its really big try to prune it back over a couple of years, remove the dead wood and about half the overcrowded branches, then the same the next year, it won't be such a shock to the plant, and as Kilder says you will still get the lovely perfume

5 Sep, 2012


Yes I forgot to mention the extraordinary perfume.
I 'd like to thank everyone for being so helpful in identifying this shrub, and we will gradually prune it back into shape over the next few years.

Once again thank you

Peter and maureen

6 Sep, 2012


I am glad you are keeping it, as once its under control it will be a lovely shrub again.

6 Sep, 2012

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