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Unfamiliar shrub

Observed: 8th April 2010 By: dshubble
Leaf Beetle Recording SchemeSouthampton Natural History Society
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callicarpa1a
callicarpa1b
Description:

Looks like an untended municipal planting on the railway bridge embankment.

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Norwichnaturalist's picture

Poor image

Not really enough detail due to poor image, was this taken this month? can we see a close up of flowers or fruit?

Colin Jacobs.
Wild Flower Society member
Norwich
Norfolk
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dshubble's picture

Photo

Pic taken today - limited by the macro on my compact...

RHoman's picture

Shrub

My experience of Callicarpa is very limited indeed, but your pictures don't quite look right - the leaves are too small and the berries too large. Furthermore, shouldn't the leaves have longer stalks? As to what the shrub is, the only suggestion I have is a long-shot based on the form of the berries - some type of lonicera?

Robert

Robert Homan

dshubble's picture

shrub

Like you I don't know a lot about Callicarpa - I was really going somewhat tentatively with the overall form and the berries, but I agree it's quite possibly something else. I hadn't though of Lonicera (thanks Vinny!), but that does look plausible. I know there's a L. pileata which is spreading with purple berries but these are darker than the violet ones of this shrub. Any further horticultural thoughts on this?

Dave

Norwichnaturalist's picture

Leycestra formosa??

I thought about Himalayan honeysuckle.

Colin Jacobs.
Wild Flower Society member
Norwich
Norfolk
vc27
http://www.thewildflowersociety.com/

Vinny's picture

I would say definitely Lonicera...

...as an ex-horticuluralist. Racking my brains as to the species!
Vinny

Vinny's picture

Change of mind! Symphoricarpus...

...is now my best guess. They look like Lonicera and have similar berry clusters. Possibly the hybrid 'x chenaultii' which is often used as ground cover.

dshubble's picture

Symphoricarpos

Ah, snowberries - I was only familiar wirth S. albus & didn't know about those with pink berries. I've looked at some other pics on the www and they look right - either the hybrid suggested or S. orbiculatus, though the latter is rarely found. Ta for the ID,

Dave

Vinny's picture

No Problem!

Though I should have recognised it sooner - having planted hundreds of them during my former horticultural career!
Vinny