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I suspect this is just a shrub that has not been pruned for 20 years and is now tree size (5 metres-ish) with multiple stems. Round, red, almost translucent berries in autumn which stay all winter if the birds don't scoff them. They are like little bunches of redcurrants. Actually it looks rather like a redcurrant, now I come to think of it.

It needs a proper pruning, but I'd like to figure out what it is first. Thanks in advance

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  • Posted: Sat. 23rd April 2022 14:28

Re: identify plant and prune it properly

Reply from Geoff Forster

If the leaves are arranged in pairs it looks rather like Viburnum opulus or one of it's cultivars.

  • Posted: Sun. 24th April 2022 13:03

Re: identify plant and prune it properly

Reply from Simon Hickmott

It's a Guelder Rose, one of our finest native shrubs. It's not an actual rose, though, it's a Viburnum (opulus). It'd be a shame to prune it, unless it's a tangle of dead stems.

  • Posted: Sun. 24th April 2022 19:20