We had this deciduous shrub in our lawn for many years. Its height was about 1.5m - 2m. This photo is from a couple of years ago.

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Strange thing is that this spring it seemed to have died. We reckoned to return that area to lawn. I cut the dead plant right back to its stump (thinking to remove that later) and turfed over the remainder.

Not long ago I noticed fresh growth from the stump. Is the full shrub now going to come back from the dead and be good as ever?

And can anyone identify it (either from the old photo, or from the new shoots?).

Here's the fresh growth (if you look closely, you'll see that the shoots are definitely coming from the original stump.

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  • In form and in leaf, your shrub looks a somewhat like a privet (Ligustrum). Compare here and here. It clearly has opposite leaves. Has it ever had small round black (or green or white or yellow) fruit? But, I am guessing, you know what a privet looks like. Commented Nov 22, 2011 at 4:46
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    i wish i could remember flower/fruit. i'll check with mrs Commented Nov 22, 2011 at 11:37
  • probably not a privet, as these have mildly serrated edges, whereas privets have smooth edges. Commented Nov 22, 2011 at 19:14
  • @TeaDrinker: Do the leaves have serrated edges?
    – Ambo100
    Commented Jan 17, 2012 at 13:12
  • What happened later on with your bush? :)
    – VividD
    Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 18:32

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Your plant has some kind of flavor? With small spike flowers? It's his scent similar to lemon? If so, it reminds me of lemon verbena (Aloysia citrodora). Check to see if it can help you.


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I cannot identify the plant but it seems to be the same plant based on the angle that the new growth is coming up. Maybe all the plant needed was for the old bush to be removed so that it could get sunlight and create new and healthier growth.

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