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Hi can anyone tell me what this plant is ? I would like to know if it is a tree or a shrub. It self seeded in my garden about 5 years ago and not being sure what it was I put it in a pot. I quite like it as it turns this beautiful orange colour in autumn. would quite like to plant it in my garden but I am worried it may grow too big and dont want any damage to my propety caused by root invasion. would be grateful for any advice. Thank you in advance.

Comments (2)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Mary,

    I can't quite tell you what the plant is (always hard from photos!) but it "looks" like a shrub rather than a tree.

    If I were you, I'd plant it in the garden then re-assess it in about three years' time - if it's clearly growing into a tree, you could choose at that point to remove it, but if it seems to be sticking at shrub height, you could keep it.

    Root invasion/damage is unlikely to occur for at least 20-30 years and then ONLY if it is a really big tree such as hornbeam, and the leaves look slightly wrong for that.

    The "usual suspects" for self-sown trees which cause problems are ash, willow, sycamore, norway maple, lime - and it's none of those.

    You could take a look around outside your area, which big trees do you have nearby? This might give you a clue as to what it is.

    Finally, you could plant it in the garden and undertake a strict regime of "one in three" pruning, that's where you cut out one in three of the main stems, every year, right down to ground level. You keep doing this in rotation, and it means that no one stem is ever older than three years, so they never get too big.

    Hope these suggestions help!

  2. Grower

    Mary Shelton

    Thank you so much.

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