WHAT PLANT IS THAT?

Now, I’m not going to chase through Google Images in search of this one, as it looked like something from another planet, but what is it?

Seen in a local residential garden near my home, it is obviously the new Spring shoots of some bush.  The bush was quite large at about 8-9 foot high and about 5 foot wide.

It was covered in a greyish-white with a tinge of red wine-coloured leaves.  For all I know it might be a really common plant and just looked unusual at this new shoot stage, which I’d never seen before.