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15/03/2014 at 11:34



How and when should I prune my Black Lace elder as it is shooting fast.

15/03/2014 at 11:38

There was a discussion about this a while back - look here 

Hope that's helpful 

15/03/2014 at 11:49

Hello pauline

Its simple for me.....I cut hard to the base of each stem every year. Do it now.

15/03/2014 at 12:18

Following Verdun's advice will be great if you are growing the shrub purely for the foliage - and I know that's Verdun's special enthusiasm  - but Sambucus flowers on old wood so if you want the flowers/fruit you should prune after these are over, or only prune  a proportion of the stems each year. 

Sorry Verdun 

15/03/2014 at 19:45

I'm interested in the foliage mainly. So have pruned mine last week all in proportion BUT have kept one side old branch for its flowers. Have done this for the last 2 yrs....

15/03/2014 at 20:01

Knew you would say that Dove ...ha ha.

I actually do differently for a friend of mine....doesnt look as good though 

Yes, for me it's about the foliage on a dense shrub.  Better flowers elsewhere methinks.

But, we all do things differently and that's great 

15/03/2014 at 20:20

I've cut mine to the base and its sending up some lovely dark shoots

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