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Brighton England
vincemeegan
May 7, 2020 1:16 PM CST
Hi everyone. I am located on the south east coast of England. I have a small circular exclusvely rose garden which I have been unable to attend to for a couple of months. This shrub has appeared and it is already around four and a half feet tall (121cm) and well established. I have asked neighbours in all directions but none have anything like it in their gardens or seen anything similar.
Can anyone identify it from this photo?
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Perthshire. SCOTLAND. UK
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Silversurfer
May 7, 2020 3:25 PM CST
How interesting.
It looks like Quercus ilex...common name Holm oak.
An evergreen Oak tree.

It may have grown from an acorn...plants by a squirrel?
Have a look round your neighbourhood to see if you can find the parent tree.

https://www.google.com/search?...
Brighton England
vincemeegan
May 7, 2020 10:37 PM CST
Thank you for the respons, I am much obliged.
We are plagued with grey squirrels so that is a strong possibility. I can't find any photo of the peculiar looking flower - my wife said it looked sinister! - but certainly the young leaf is the same.
Unfortunately I see they can grow to 20metres high and even a quarter of that would be unacceptable in this site. I live in a city centre and there are only a handful of locations where a tree of that proportion could be. The local authority has been cutting down infected English elms and replacing them with another species. Perhaps they are the source! Anyway, thanks again!
Perthshire. SCOTLAND. UK
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Silversurfer
May 8, 2020 2:48 AM CST
vincemeegan said:Thank you for the respons, I am much obliged.
We are plagued with grey squirrels so that is a strong possibility. I can't find any photo of the peculiar looking flower - my wife said it looked sinister! -


I cannot see any flowers.
The pale bits on the end of the branches are the new branches...leaves yet to unfurl.
Sadly it will need to be removed as they do always grow enormous.

The male flowers are catkins..long and yellow.
https://www.google.com/search?...


Brighton England
vincemeegan
May 8, 2020 3:18 AM CST
I have now dug it up. It wasn't too hard even with my arthritic hands! Looking at the photos you kindly referred to, it isn't QUITE like any of them, though the leaves are similar in some examples. 'Catkins' is a new word to add to my vocabulary, so thanks for that gem, too!
Being a Scot, - and thus frugal to the Nth degree! - I don't want to destroy it and have temporarily potted it in an IKEA storage box until I decide what to do with it; perhaps offer it free on Gumtree and see if anyone will give it a home.
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Perthshire. SCOTLAND. UK
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Silversurfer
May 8, 2020 7:01 AM CST
Now it is in a pot please can you add clearer close up pics so I can double check my answer.

Hazel ...has catkins...long male flowers that turn yellow with pollen.
https://www.google.com/search?...

Many other plants also have catkins.
Brighton England
vincemeegan
May 8, 2020 11:23 AM CST
I'm sure you were correct in the first instance. When I blow the pictures up I can see the small leaf formations. Clearly I need new specs. For your reassurance I have taken a couple more pictures. Thank you for your kind help and interest.
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Perthshire. SCOTLAND. UK
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Silversurfer
May 8, 2020 1:04 PM CST
Many thanks.
New pics are really superb. Excellent.
Not catkins but young leaves unfurling.

Confirmed as Quercus ilex,...common name Holm Oak.

I have spent ages trying to find pics on www.....this is the ONLY pic I could find to show new young leaves unfurling...your pics are by far the best on www.

https://www.google.com/search?...

Quote Architectural plants link below......."They grow all over Britain but Sussex has a particularly large population of fine specimens both on the coast and well inland too. The appalling tedium of the endless roundabouts and traffic jams on the A27 between Arundel and Chichester is hugely mitigated by the endless and beautiful specimens of Quercus ilex en route"


Quote www....."Quercus ilex The holm or evergreen oak is slow growing with attractive small leaves, the new growth is covered in tawny or white felt"

Quote www ......"One of the toughest and most beautiful evergreen trees in the world".

http://treesandshrubsonline.or...

http://architecturalplants.com...
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Brighton England
vincemeegan
May 9, 2020 4:08 AM CST
Thanks for that and the very interesting links. I regularly travel along the A27 and to my shame I have never paid a blind bit of attention to the trees and foliage around there, but will in future, to be sure. I an only about 300 metres from the sea and sheltered from the worst of the winter wind by high buildings, making it an ideal spot for the odd strange specimen to appear occasionally. Turns out this was a local boy!
Your help has made me determined to find someone able to accommodate it. I'll give it a couple of months to recover from the trauma of being uprooted and then put it on Gumtree as a freebie. Thanks again.

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