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.