Hedge ID please

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  1. Kevin123

    Kevin123 Apprentice Gardener

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    Hello all,

    I have been trying to figure out what this hedge is called and have failed. Can anyone here help, please? I have tried to cut it back but my hedge trimmer simply shreds the ends of it - any suggestions for why this may be happening? Could be a rubbish strimmer, or trying to cut too high...

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    It looks like privet to me.
    If you get hold of a Bosch hedge trimmer you'll be ok.
    If it were me, I'd only trim it to get it tidy at this time of year.
    Whereas in March/April you can go in really hard because the Spring growth will soon recover it.
     
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    Interesting.
    Tried very hard to see detail.
    To me the leaves look to be alternate...also rather small.
    This would rule out privet /Ligustrum sp.which has opposite leaves.

    I would hate to prune it until we can id it.
    Any flower?

    Clear close up pic to show the leaves might help.

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    Many thanks for the replies so far. It does flower but not at the moment so can’t photograph. However, here are the leaves... hopefully my iPad shows enough detail

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      Flowers...alternate leaves.. Forget privet then, possibly an escallonia..
       
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        Pretty sure the flowers turn into red berries in the autumn
         
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        No sign of red berries in pics.
        Kevin 123......Leaves..need a clear close up please.
        Escallonia ..yes leaves alternate, .
        However, leaves have serrated edges.
        My pics below show a leaf from 4 different species of Escallonia.ESCALLONIA  COCCINEA 26-06-2018 19-48-01.JPGESCALLONIA  IVEYI 23-07-2019 13-12-56.JPGESCALLONIA  RUBRA  MACRANTHA 10-06-2012 15-50-54.JPGESCALLONIA  RUBRA  WOODSIDE 04-09-2014 12-53-37.JPG
         
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          pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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          I think you just need a better hedge trimmer;)
           
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            @Kevin123 you need to get a good clear close up of the leaves - as per Silver Surfer's pics. The markings on leaves make them much easier to identify - by Silver Surfer and not me! :heehee:
             
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              Maybe something from cotoneaster family....
               
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              Morning all,

              thanks again for your input. Hopefully this leaf photo will be good enough...

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                Thanks Kevin.
                However....leaves are wet, shining, pooled with rain drops..... so cannot make out any detail.
                Been having ANOTHER good look at your pics.
                Pic 2 in top third I see a tiny red blob...a berry?

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                I was wondering about holly/Ilex sp...eg Ilex crenata....but can rule that out as berries are black.
                Running out of ideas.
                Maybe Ailisa is correct and it is Cotoneaster sp.
                 
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                pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                Is it just me or do the leaves in the second set of pictures look different to the first set of pictures. :smile:
                 
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                I thought, Lonicera nitida at first, but leaf formation is wrong.
                 
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                pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                Hold on, I'm looking at all those pictures silver surfer put up. :redface::smile:
                 
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