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friend's unknown shrub, any ideas?

Last post 16-09-2016 6:11 PM by Minnie77uk. 12 replies.

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  • 09/09/2016 07:50 AM
    • Julie
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    a friend sent me pics of this shrub she's finding invasive, does anyone recognise this please? thanks


  • 09/09/2016 02:05 PM
    • JamesEB
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    I don't know what it is but it looks very pretty. JamesEB

  • 10/09/2016 07:56 PM
    • kaydee
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    I don't think I've seen that one. What sort of conditions does it grow in?

  • 11/09/2016 08:32 PM
    • Blackstart
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    Where is your friends garden? Blackstart

  • 12/09/2016 05:01 AM
    • Julie
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     Suffolk

  • 13/09/2016 05:10 PM
    • Julie
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     leaves are like my senecio (can't remember what it's called specifically) with yellow flowers but can't find one with purple flowers, some mention purple flowers but I have yet to find a pic

  • 13/09/2016 09:43 PM
    • Blackstart
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    Well I'm struggling with this one Julie, can't help thinking it has something of a shrubby honeysuckle look about it. I don't think it is related to your Senecio as that is in the Asteraceae family and the flowers look like this plant doesn’t. We need Silver Surfer to drop by. Blackstart

  • 13/09/2016 09:56 PM
    • Blackstart
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    Hi Julie, just put the pictures on another forum so hopefully will get an answer soon. Blackstart

  • 13/09/2016 11:56 PM
    • Blackstart
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    Hi Julie, looks like it could be Lycium barbarum, aka Duke of Argylls Tea Tree. Blackstart

  • 14/09/2016 05:22 PM
    • Julie
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    Thank you very much. That certainly looks like it.

  • 15/09/2016 12:03 PM
    • kaydee
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    Thanks Blackstart

  • 15/09/2016 09:16 PM
    • Blackstart
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    You are both welcome. It is annoying though as, in a previous life, was asked to ID a plant growing wild on an inner city brown field site. The plant was covered in berries but no flowers and was eventually identified by someone else after I posted a picture on a different forum. The plant was the same as your friends Julie, Lycium barbarum, the berries are apparently much sought after and known as Goji berries, a supposed superfood. I believe I should have recognised the plant for what it was but I put my failure to do so down to only seeing it before with berries and no flowers. Hope to remember this plant next time I come across one. all the best. Blackstart

  • 16/09/2016 06:11 PM
    • Minnie77uk
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    I believe that new imports of these plants was banned a few years ago as they were bringing in some sort of virus or something that could then affect our own soft fruit plants, I believe. Yes, Goji berries became all the rage but I don't know if all of the plants in this family produce edible fruits. They are supposed to be dried as I think they contain something that shouldn't be eaten directly freshly picked. Probably worth checking up on the information on this plant before happily consuming its fruits!