Could someone please identify this Shrub for me?

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  1. Kevin Cowans

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    Hello

    I hope you are all well.

    Could someone please identify this Shrub for me:

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    I was told it is some kind of Acer but I am unable to find a match.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance

    Kevin
     
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    Hi.

    looks like

    Acer Negundo ‘Variegatum’


    kev
     
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    Hello @Silver surfer

    Thanks for the identification, I have had a search of your suggestion and it is definitely the one.

    I also looked at your suggestion, @Kegster , unfortunately it does not match the characteristics, sorry.

    Thanks

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    Acer negundo Flamingo has 3 colours..Pink, white and green...esp in new young leaves
    Whilst
    Acer negundo variegatum is just white and green.
     
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    Hello @Silver surfer

    Thanks for the reply.

    There is one thing I am slightly confused about which you may be able to help with.

    When I researched the 'Acer negundo Flamingo' most places referred to it as a Small Tree but there were some sites that said it could be trained into a Shrub.

    Do you happen to know if the 'Acer negundo Flamingo' is a Small Tree or a Shrub?

    Thanks in advance

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    Hi Kevin, as it says it's not a case of it's one or the other it's how you train it to be what you want.

    For a tree you would leave one main stem growing up and remove all side shoots until it got to the height you wanted it to be and then let the top fill out, so you had a clear trunk of so many feet.

    For a shrub you would pinch out the growing tips when it got to the height you wanted then it would fill out from ground level, and you would have multiple stems coming from below ground level.

    There is another one as well .... a bush. This is where there is only one stem coming from below ground level but you don't let it grow high like a tree, you may only have three or four inches of stem and then let it fill out .

    Most people get confused about the meaning of bush and shrub or think that they are the same, but once you know it's easy to remember..... a bush has one stem a shrub has multiple stems.

    In between bush and tree you also have what are called "standards ". These are plants that are trained as a stem with a clear length and ( something like ) a bush growing on top of the stem. You might have seen Fuchsias grown as standards.

    So, the full ways of growing are.....

    Shrub
    Bush
    Standard
    Tree

    Sorry for rambling, I hope I've been clear.
     
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    It is both/either/ or.

    I think of shrubs as low growing with several stems...say to 10ft.
    I think of trees as having one stem...a trunk with a bobble of leaves on the top...height can be endless.

    At the moment you have a baby tree by the look of it...a single trunk...a lovely shape
    IF you were to decapitated it...as the right time It would grow wider rather than taller, grow more branches...it would have been turned into a shrub.

    Look at pics on www look at it as a superb tree..then look at it as a shrub...then decide.
    Treasure it!
     
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    Hello @KFF

    Thanks for the reply and the explanations.

    Not rambling at all, I understood it all perfectly, now, what that says about me, or you, I do not know :)

    I was getting worried as just over the fence where it is planted is a neighbours window so I did not want a Tree to grow too tall and block out any light.

    As it is I will train it as a Shrub as that will look better in that spot and I can keep it at fence height, 6' or so.

    Thanks

    Kevin
     
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      Hello @Silver surfer

      Thanks for the reply.

      I have just been out and checked and there are actually four, or five, main branches (Trunks) so hopefully that will make it easier to train as a Shrub.

      It is one of the plants I had planted last September when I had the whole Garden done, I have not managed to kill anything, yet, so hopefully I am doing something right :)

      When more of the Garden comes out in flower I will add Photos to the 'My Garden Progress' Thread, Link in my Signature.

      Thanks

      Kevin
       
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