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Plant ID

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by LawnVet, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. LawnVet

    LawnVet LawnSite Member
    from SE MI
    Posts: 220

    Hate it when I can't even begin to identify a plant. What in the heck is this bush? Very woody, flower bracts (according to h.o.) are purple/violet. The form is multi-stemmed bushy, there are three planted appx 36"-48" apart and are very overgrown (appx 7-8' tall). Some of the leaves have an oak-like form. This is in zone 5, MI. :confused:

    RH site bush.jpg
  2. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,460

    Butterfly bush maybe?
  3. LawnVet

    LawnVet LawnSite Member
    from SE MI
    Posts: 220

    not likely - here they won't return unless they are cut to ground each spring. These have never seen a sharp object and are hardy twigs and branches.
  4. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 640

    They are hybrid French lilacs.
  5. LawnVet

    LawnVet LawnSite Member
    from SE MI
    Posts: 220

    You're kidding me! I suppose it would make sense but I've never seen them before. Either my eyes have been closed a lot around here or they don't see this location much. I hope they'll take a heavy prune this time of year. I've never had a problem with any other varieties of lilacs...we'll see. :dancing:Thanks Kate.:clapping:
  6. MarcusLndscp

    MarcusLndscp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 634

    she's not kidding you
  7. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,840

    I wouldn't have known what kind of Lilac but I would have guessed Lilac too. Definitely not butterfly bush - at least not like any I've ever seen. But the leaves and branch structure do look similar to lilacs and the way you describe the flowers, I think that's a pretty safe bet.

    Nice job, Kate! :clapping::clapping::clapping:

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