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Daughter's unknown shrub

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spottysocks Tue 23-Jun-20 19:29:14

Hi, When my daughter moved into her house this large shrub was in her garden, she says it has never flowered and wondered what it is, as unfortunately it's developed some black leaves over the last year and she's hoping it can be saved. Many thanks

EllanVannin Tue 23-Jun-20 19:49:13

Is it a variegated laurel ?

Kittycat Tue 23-Jun-20 19:57:32

Yes it is a variegated Laurel. I have one in my garden, the occasional leaf does sometimes turn black. It also gets tiny green flowers and red berries. But it is toxic so if you have young children be careful. When I cut it back I have to have my arms covered and wear gloves otherwise it causes a rash.

spottysocks Wed 24-Jun-20 13:46:49

Thanks Kittycat. I'll let my daughter know as she has young children who like to help in the garden. smile

Callistemon Wed 24-Jun-20 14:49:07

It is a spotted laurel and I'd probably get rid of it if I had young children around.