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Thanks to my neighbour, Clive, I have the answer - A tree Dahlia!Fancy that!Botanical name: Dahlia imperialisFamily: Asteraceae. Plant type: Herbaceous perennial.Size: Left unchecked they'll grow to the height of a tree (4-6m) or, if you cut them off late in the year they will re-sprout and flower at a more modest 2m tall. 1m wide.Planting depth & spacing: Plant with the crown at the soil surface and up to 1m apart. Preferred aspect: Full/part sun.Soil type: Rich and well drainedWatering: Keep well watered while actively growing.Fertilising: Top dress annually in Spring with a general fertiliser.Flowers: Late Autumn-Winter.Pruning required: Cut back severely in Winter or spring so that new growth sprouts from near ground level.Climate: Cool to temperate.Thanks, Clive.
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