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Hi, we moved to a new house last autumn and there is a very large shrub? tree? which has just burst into gorgeous white blooms. It is about 4m high, 3m spread. It is deciduous. There are about 4 or 5 main stems growing from the base. The green leaves turned reddish brown in autumn. Flowers do not have a strong scent. Any help identifying it would be appreciated. Thanks.

Help identifying this shrub /tree please (31/05/2010)Help identifying this shrub /tree please (31/05/2010)Help identifying this shrub /tree please (31/05/2010)

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  • Posted: Mon. 31st May 2010 10:44

Re: Help identifying this shrub /tree please

Reply from Paula Stevens

I am afraid I am no help with identifying this, but I hope someone does, as I'd rather like to have one.

  • Posted: Mon. 31st May 2010 12:28

Re: Help identifying this shrub /tree please

Reply from Carol

Could it be an oak-leaved hydrangea? I didn't know they got so big, but the flowers are hydrangea-ish aren't they? Is there any scent in the blooms?
Carol

  • Posted: Mon. 31st May 2010 20:24

Re: Re: Help identifying this shrub /tree please

Reply from Kristin Hollis

thanks for the suggestion but I don't think this is what it is but it is certainly possible. I agree the flowers are quite hydrangea-ish but looking on the rhs website the flowers look wrong. Their flowers look more like lace-cap hydrangea while mine are more like a mophead hydrangea. There is no scent to speak of in mine. and yes - it is very large! I will keep checking.

  • Posted: Mon. 31st May 2010 21:31

Re:Not a hydrangea but a rose?!

Reply from Laura Thomas

I think it could be Viburnum opulus (Guelder rose) - there are a few varieties so you can do a search on Shoot

  • Posted: Tue. 1st June 2010 00:46

Re: Re:Not a hydrangea but a rose?!

Reply from Kristin Hollis

Hi Laura. I think you have definitely identified it correctly. Looks spot on. I had no idea that a viburnum could grow so large. I see that one of it's "common names" is a snowball bush. That's a very fitting description of the one I'm looking at in my garden. Many thanks. Kristin

  • Posted: Tue. 1st June 2010 10:31

Re: Re: Re:Viburnum

Reply from Laura Thomas

Glad to have pinned it down to a species! Always nice to know :)

  • Posted: Tue. 1st June 2010 19:05

Re: Help identifying this shrub /tree please

Reply from douglas

Definitely Viburnum but not sure of variety.

  • Posted: Tue. 1st June 2010 16:47