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Name that shrub!

May 20, 2010

In our younger and more Ike-free years, Steve and I went out to dinner a lot.  One night we were at a trendy restaurant with a “cheese list.”  We decided to have cheese and bread for dinner and asked the owner to recommend some cheeses that would go with the wine we had ordered.

He examined our bottle. We had ordered the cheapest wine on the menu.  “Ah,” he said brightly, “that’s a very alcoholic, quaffable wine.”

That’s a wine snob’s way of saying, “That is wine all right.”

In the same sense that wine might be “alcoholic and quaffable,” you could say that this shrub is vigorous and, uh, green.  There’s nothing wrong with it.  It’s just underwhelming.  And I have no idea what it is.

What is this thing?

When we moved in last August, I thought that is was a hydrangea or a verbena.  But the leaves are the wrong shape.  Plus, hydrangeas and verbenas are gorgeous, which this shrub is not.  I keep waiting to see if it has something awesome up it’s sleeve, but I’m starting to think it doesn’t.

These aren't hydrangea or verbena leaves.

The flowers are OK, but what’s up with the new growth being flower-free?  Don’t cultivated shrubs generally have most of their flowers on new growth?

The flowers are pretty, I suppose.

Do you know what it is?  Leave me a comment and I’ll be so appreciative.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 26, 2010 8:01 pm

    I think that might be Sargent’s viburnum (Viburnum sargentii) which has three lobed leaves and lacehead type flowers. I suppose it could also be an Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia). It looks like it might like some fertilizer and perhaps a little pruning.

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