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By Johnmw

Dorset, United Kingdom Gb

Sorry for absence of photo but I am rubbish at downloading them from our camera.
Am hoping for an ID just from a description: A low growing (about 3 feet) evergreen shrub-like, medium size dark-green leaves almost like skimmia or viburnum tinus but invariably skeletonised by some pest with new lighter green ones coming through (gives a very bedraggled untidy appearance). Small shiny black berries in autumn. Planted all over our estate, probably by the builders, about 10 years ago.



First thing i thought of was Sarcococca confusa

edit...sorry, they produce black berries in spring.

What about a type of privet or a....well i can't really think of any at the moment.

22 Nov, 2013


Are you sure its not Viburnum tinus which has been attacked by Viburnum beetle? Sounds very much like mine looked after an attack.

22 Nov, 2013


Mine too!

22 Nov, 2013


Yeah - thanks Jaykaty and Pf, having looked into it some more I am sure you are right.
The devastation caused by the beetle certainly gives a completely different appearance - one I've not come across before when I've worked with VT; maybe I've been lucky as you both have suffered !!!
Anyway thanks again.

24 Nov, 2013

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