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Can anyone identify this plant seen at Chirk Castle?

  • Can anyone identify this plant seen at Chirk Castle?
  • Can anyone identify this plant seen at Chirk Castle?

Hello I thought that this shrub/tree was an Azara but having second thoughts now. It can be seen at Chirk Castle. Can anyone identify it please?

Comments (11)

  1. Grower

    Winifred Field

    Don't know the answer, it's leaves look a bit like Pittasporum (spelt wrong?) but never seen or heard that it bears flowers or catkins. What ever it is, it's lovely, let us know if you find it's right name and what it's requirements are.

  2. Grower

    Paul & Valerie Guppy

    This is a Pokeweed.

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    P&V, can you say which one? I am not familiar with a Phytolacca (Pokeweed) which produces pendant yellow flowers - other than P. dioica, whose blooms are more creamy-white than yellow: and their leaves are quite different - stalked, not wavy-edged, and with different veination.

  4. Grower

    Charlie Armour

    Apparently it is an Ercilla volubis.

  5. Grower

    Charlie Armour

    So says their head gardener

  6. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    He should know, and I think he's right. I was a bit thrown by the colour of the flowers (yellow rather than the more usual pink), but then found this page on the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden site showing Ercilla volubilis 'A Juss' with the flower in both colours. It also lists several other notable places it's grown in the UK - all rather grand!. Glad we solved that one (I think - could still stand corrected)!

  7. Grower

    Charlie Armour

    I agree that the flowers in Gray J's picture were not the usual colours seen when you go to look it up - I wonder if they all change like this. I stand corrected on the spelling. Clumsy ;) I think though, and I could of course be wrong that the A. Juss refers to whoever first published that plant's name .... just went to check, as I learn a lot from this kind of question, and there is a Wikipedia page 'List of botanists by author abbreviation'.

  8. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Yes - A. Juss is as you say and not a cultivar name (i.e. I should not have put it in quotes). So Ercilla volubilis is a species but, just to further confuse, I have now found out it is a synonym. The official accepted name by the Plant List is Ercilla spicata, for which we have a plant record but no photo. So we will add Gray J's photo to the latter.

    Plant identification and naming can be such a challenge!

  9. Grower

    Charlie Armour

    Some of my first horticultural education was trying to identify and thus name many plants in a nursery that had lost their labels. I learnt so much that way, not only studying differences but learning the Latin names. Such a brilliant way to start. Bit out of touch these days though.

  10. Grower

    Gray J

    Well I did not expect that to cause such a commotion thanks to all who have commented hope you found it a bit of fun, god to get to know what it is thanks again GrayJ

  11. Grower

    Charlie Armour

    I like a challenge and hopefully I might even remember its name.


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