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Can you please help identifying this bush?:

Last post 06-10-2017 5:08 AM by poppikin. 9 replies.

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  • 05/10/2017 03:56 AM
    • akebi nuts
    • west london
    • 29 Apr 2013
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    IMG_2507cws(90).jpg Hi, There is a bush/shrub in my garden that i never really felt the need to identify, previously, as it wasn't so remarkable although still okay. In the 10+ years i've been here it has occasionally only had a few small red flowers whose petals don't spread out so widely. But this year it has produced many flowers and at least 3 of them have, i assume, pollinated as they have expanded into large onion or even pomegranate-like balls! :-o The main body of the bush is about 1.5 meters across & 1.8m high, though a branched-off part is about 2+ metres high. The ends of the stems of the leaves often end in sharp spines and the leaves drop in the autumn, right now they are turning yellow. The largest 'fruit' is about 2 inches in diameter and they grew through August. I noticed the flowers throughout June and July. Any help would be appreciated as i'd really like to know about those fruits, which are still there now. [the pic below is from 25th August 2017]

  • 05/10/2017 04:05 AM
    • akebi nuts
    • west london
    • 29 Apr 2013
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    IMG_9925c16ws.jpg the photo below is of the flowers as they usually appear [taken 6th July 2017]

  • 05/10/2017 04:08 AM
    • akebi nuts
    • west london
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    IMG_9232cws.jpg A close-up of one flower whose petals were opened the widest i've seen - you can see the yellow stamen. [taken 25th June 2017]

  • 05/10/2017 04:10 AM
    • akebi nuts
    • west london
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    IMG_9820cws.jpg The flower buds before opening. Often they don't bloom and just drop off.

  • 05/10/2017 04:13 AM
    • akebi nuts
    • west london
    • 29 Apr 2013
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    IMG_0325c810ws.jpg And this photo shows the fruit as it was beginning to develop - note the ants found it and began farming black aphids on the base of it so there must [have been] some good nectar in there. Also saw some ants on a couple of the other flowers. [Photo taken 17th July 2017]

  • 05/10/2017 05:30 AM
    • poppikin
    • Glorious Surrey
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    Wow!!

    The question I would like to ask is how did you get these pictures on here?

    Terrific.

    poppikin

  • 05/10/2017 07:16 AM
    • Backache
    • W. Kent
    • 31 Dec 2012
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    Looks to me like a variety of Punica Granatum (Pomegranate). I did grow it a few years back with moderate success but yours does look very contented against the wall. Good luck with it

  • 06/10/2017 01:30 AM
    • akebi nuts
    • west london
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    Thanks very much 'Backache'! I'll look into it :-) 'poppikin', i took the photos myself and uploaded them via "add/update attachment" in the options tab. A pity u can only add one pic to each message though [hence all mine as replies] but at least there is an option to add photos now as the 'PhotoBucket' website i used to use has changed so i have to pay to share photos :-/

  • 06/10/2017 04:53 AM
    • poppikin
    • Glorious Surrey
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    Thanks.

    We have not been able to add pictures here properly for ages.

    I am gobsmacked at yours!

    They are very good. 

    I shall have to have another look at it. 

    poppikin 

     

  • 06/10/2017 05:08 AM
    • poppikin
    • Glorious Surrey
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    Thanks again.

    One of problems has been that some features have been missing in Chrome that many of us use.

    I see that the "add/update attachment"" is now available in both Chrome and IE and it seems that we have missed it.

    I am very grateful to you.

    poppikin