Help with a dried up looking plant - can it be saved??

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    Hi everyone

    I'm happy to be joining all of you here!

    I have recently moved into a new house and this plant which is in my back garden is very dried out / brown looking (see photo). There are a few green leaves only on the very tips of some of the branches so it has some life in it somewhere, but I have no idea what I should do - would it be a good idea to cut it back somehow or wait as it is?
    Your help would be much appreciated - thanks

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      Oh hello there and welcome to GC ........ I personally have no idea what that is [sorry!!] or what to do with it but there will be plenty of people who do I'm guessing. Fingers crossed
      Just wanted to welcome you really ........ as I know my reply is pretty useless in assisting you .......oops! lol ...
       
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        A close up picture of the few green leaves, it has, might help ID it, which would be a good starting point to working out what would be best to do with it.:smile:
         
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          That is of course what I was meaning to say too ..............:gaah::yes:
           
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            I don't know what this plant/ bush is either but it has some new shoots on it
            If it was mine I. would personally thin it out get rid of some of the brown dried leaves and give the green shoots a chance to breath but asDMM mentioned a pic of the leaves would help
             
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              aww thank you!!
               
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                hi Janet okay thank you - that’s kind of what I was thinking too! I’ll try that! Much appreciated ...
                 
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                  Hiya Pete
                  I struggled to find many green bits but here are a couple of closer photos - thanks
                   

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                  Hello and welcome to GC forums
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                    Not something I recognise from the pictures.
                    I'd do a bit of a scratch test of the bark on the "dead" areas before doing anything too drastic.
                    If it is dead then cut back to good green wood.
                    Unless of course you want to cut it back anyway because it's too big.
                     
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                      Hi there @tkup and

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                      I did think at first it could be a very , very poorly Azalea but I've just been out to check with mine....not so sure now.:sad:
                       
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                        I did think of a rhododendron, is it in a pot? because I can't tell.
                         
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                        Reminds me of a winter jasmine I used to have.
                         
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                          Ha! I was going to suggest a jasmine, probably officianale, but those leaves don't tally. It's some sort of semi-hardy climber..Solanum or Passiflora?
                          When the frosts are finished, that would be a good time to cut out all the still-dead, straggly stuff, because the new growth won't get knocked back by more frost.
                           
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