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sequoiamike
Rank attained: Hazel Tree
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Joined: 22 Sep 2009
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Location: Cloyne, Co. Cork

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:30 pm    Post subject: Identify this Coastal Garden Volunteer Reply with quote

We live right on the coast in West Cork. This past summer, a load of these tall (1m) seemingly tender-looking shrubs popped up. We thought they would disappear over the winter, but they have withstood every salt-laden wind thrown at them and look great right now. Can anyone identify it? Should I be worried about it being an invasive species?


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Silver surfer
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Joined: 25 Feb 2010
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Location: PERTHSHIRE. SCOTLAND. U.K.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like Lavatera arborea... common name tree mallow.


http://www.abdn.ac.uk/treemallow/what/index.html
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sequoiamike
Rank attained: Hazel Tree
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Location: Cloyne, Co. Cork

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spot on silver surfer! Interesting that it is a native species (relatively rare too), but it has overwhelmed some patches of land so that it needs to be treated like an invasive species. We'll keep it in check. Cheers!
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