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A work colleague found this growing in a Northumberland (UK) woodland (May 2018), took a photo and sent it to me.

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It was in an area with non-native species, and this was growing as a shrub. It doesn't spring out as being native to the UK to me?

The leaves are hairy, not waxy. The photo shows a collection of, what I have confirmed, are buds.

If I had to compare it to anything I would say it looks like a Weigela?

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  • $\begingroup$ Could you please post a different picture of a leaf and a flower up close and in better lighting? It's really hard to see. It looks very similar to a bush that grows around there. Thanks. $\endgroup$ – treehugger Jun 6 '18 at 13:58
  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately, it's all I was given by a colleague. I'll ask her if she will ever be going to the location again, or can ask another to provide another sample. $\endgroup$ – Martin Hügi Jun 6 '18 at 17:13
  • $\begingroup$ The bush that looks like this one is one of the aronia varieties. If the picture was a bit lighter, I could have compared them better. The only difference is that the regular aronia is a shrub with clusters of berries/flowers, and the bush that grows here is very short and has only a few flowers. But I am sure they are related. $\endgroup$ – treehugger Jul 12 '18 at 18:18

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