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Pleached trees & safe distance

Would like to install a row of pleached lime trees along the side passage of my house where there is a 1m space between boundary wall and house wall. Would buy these trees from a nursery, they are 8 foot tall at present. Is this feasible? 191020161, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 19/10/2016

One metre is possible, planted close as possible to the boundary wall, but it is a bit borderline.

Future maintenance and pruning would need to be very consistent.

  An unusual tree
 

An unusual tree

An unusual tree? Seems to be two species in one. Any idea what it might be. adavoyle, Roscrea, Co Tipperary Posted: 17/08/2016

The purple laburnnum is a famous intergeneric hybrid with a 'skin' of purple broom over the yellow laburnum, which sometimes breaks out. It is a curiosity, If the yellow part gets too strong, cut it out ot cut it back immediately after flowering.

  Daphne Mezereum
 

Daphne Mezereum "Rubra"

I bought & planted Daphne last February in the garden. It has berries, but no leaves. What is wrong with it? Will it get better? henlen, , Co Kildare Posted: 17/07/2016

It looks like it set seeds/berries and then collapsed. It is deciduous but should have leaves until autumn.

Leave it be and see what happens. 

  Tree type
 

Tree type

I am trying to find out the type of tree that is in a site where we are building a house. I attach a photo of it and a close up of the leaf. 170720161, Whites cross, Co Cork Posted: 17/07/2016

Look likes beech in the photograph.

  plant identification
 

plant identification

Could you please identify this plant. It's climbing up a sycamore tree in shade. Luna33, Coolnaboy, Co Wexford Posted: 15/07/2016

It looks like a wild privet in flower. It is not a climber but can scramble over plants.

 

cover ditch

I've got a rough ditch boundary at 1 side of my property. It is mainly blackthorn, briars etc and looks messy and fairly bare in Winter. I have managed to level off the top and front and would like to try and cover it somehow - as it cant be removed or replanted etc . Looking for some vigorous climbers that will cover the ditch and make it look more interesting. Something evergreen with flowers..and little maintenance as I only want to have to top hedge each Summer going forward. laddy, , Co Cork Posted: 14/07/2016

Any climber you put on it will follow the bushes as they grow, or kill them but will not solve your neatness criterion and will not allow summer topping, but try vigorous roses like 'Rambling Rector', Russian vine or Virginia creeper. These will need to be planted away from the competing roots of existing bushes and then trained back into the ditch. Or try some honeysuckle which can be trimmed.

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