The first one (in the bucket) must be a perennial bush hardy in my
The second ones (the "ball" bushes- yes, lots of jokes) have been
there for years. They look nice all trimmed up, but I don't know what
The first looks to be a spiraea of some type, possibly one of the bulmalda
hybrids. The second is most probably a dogwood - the leaves are pretty
distinctly in the Cornus family - maybe Cornus racemosa or gray dogwood,
which is common to your area. Just a personal observation, but they would
look better untrimmed - and you would get a lot more flowering, too.
pam - gardengal
I agree with Pam on the first one, but to my eye the leaves on the
second look more like common buckthorn, an obnoxious invasive
plant that has been sold as a hedge plant. I'd recommend removal,
and barring that, keep pruning them mercilessly to limit flowering
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
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firstname.lastname@example.org (Pat Kiewicz) wrote in message
Thank you both for the input. I'll give the 2 spirea my sunniest
spots- hard to do with 13 old oaks on the property. Some of my
neighbors also think that my "balls" are just common wild bushes that
have been trimmed nicely. Probably due to the constant pruning, I've
never seen them flower, which really is all right by me. My wife's
kind of grown attached to them (whoa- lots of jokes here) so I'll have
to keep them. I moved into this house 4 years ago and have been trying
to identify things since. Thanks again.
email@example.com (Marley1372) wrote in message
The area that I'll put those in gets maybe a few hours of morning
dappled sunlight through the trees and about 3-4 of direct afternoon
sun. Probably not the best to thrive in, but it's the best I can do on
The birds must've had a tape measure since the balls are at even
intervals around where used to be a dutch elm (removed ~7-8 yrs ago?)
Regardless, I wonder: are there species that were once heavily
intentionally planted that are now considered a nuisance? Seems that
buckthorn is now one. I'd love to replace the balls with maybe dwarf
magnolias- but my wife cries pretty much anytime I pull a weed! ;-)
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