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Plant identification please!

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Scentofwater Mon 06-Mar-17 16:40:15

Hi, hope you can help solve this mystery! Any ideas what this is?

It's only growing about 30 cm high, (smaller than the heather behind it) its evergreen, leaves a bit like bay. It's taking over a bed and has incredible thick roots that it is using to spread sideways.

I haven't been at this house for a full year yet so hoping you're going to tell me it has beautiful flowers or other redeeming features- no sign of any so far!

Really grateful for any ideas!

JT05 Mon 06-Mar-17 16:47:46

Could be a type of Persicaria, a low level creeping plane with vertical pink spikes of small flowers.

Trethew Mon 06-Mar-17 17:24:38

Hard to tell but it looks a bit like Viburnum tinus leaves. I am wondering if there was a large bush originally which was cut down, and its shooting like mad from the old roots

Scentofwater Mon 06-Mar-17 18:17:59

Thank you JT05 and Trethew. It is quite woody in its growth so I think you might be right that it is something growing from older roots. Which would be reassuring that it's not then going to continue taking over the whole garden.

shovetheholly Mon 06-Mar-17 18:23:00

It reminds me a bit of a bilberry, but that seems like a mad suggestion.

Scentofwater Mon 10-Jul-17 19:36:29

I've finally worked out what it is (I think)! I believe it is a Leucothoe as it is now covered in little berries.

Trethew Mon 10-Jul-17 20:13:24

Can we have another picture - or two ?

Trethew Mon 10-Jul-17 20:15:58

Haven't met a leucothoe with white berries but Gaultheria has them

Scentofwater Mon 10-Jul-17 20:40:17

Photos of its current state

Scentofwater Mon 10-Jul-17 20:41:04

More photos

Scentofwater Mon 10-Jul-17 20:42:58

The flowers were pinkish white bells and the berries are green turning to red. The stems are zigzagging from joint to joint.

321zerobaby Mon 10-Jul-17 20:47:20

Could it be belladonna, aka deadly nightshade?? Wash your hands!

321zerobaby Mon 10-Jul-17 20:49:54

or Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara), that has red berries, still poisonous apparently.

Scentofwater Mon 10-Jul-17 20:50:37

Deadly nightshade is herbaceous isn't it? This stuff doesn't die back at all, its evergreen and very woody stemmed.

I think this stuff is poisonous too though confused

Trethew Mon 10-Jul-17 23:49:21

How about Gaultheria shallon? Berries start white, then pink then black

Scentofwater Tue 11-Jul-17 07:18:49

Yes! That's exactly it! Thank you! Mystery finally solved! And that means it's edible too. smile

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