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15/04/2014 at 10:35

I've just discovered this pushing it's way through from next door, I'm not sure what it is or what to do with it. Anyone know?


15/04/2014 at 10:44

Hi Mrs Garden, it's common elderberry.  I'd just cut it off at the fence line.  Common elder often self-seeds from bird droppings.  It grows like mad and can become very large very quickly.

15/04/2014 at 10:54

Thanks Bob, it's coming through here where nothing grows so I might just leave it in the hope that at least something will fill the gap In this dark dry area behind the piled up bricks.


15/04/2014 at 11:38

It seems to grow quite happily behind a North-facing wall near me and gets almost no sun, so it'll probably be quite happy there.  Hopefully it will flower and those will brighten-up that shady bit.

15/04/2014 at 11:43

it will grow but if it's coming through that fence it will break the fence. If you want it then push it in the soil, dig out a small trench, put the plant in and some soil over then one of those bricks. It will root then you can cut it off at the fence. I have them growing happily underneath conifers.

15/04/2014 at 11:44

Thanks Bob, at least it's getting some moisture from next door. Might just solve a problem area, despite not being a plant of choice, if the garden's chosen it so be it, I'll wait to see what happens.

16/04/2014 at 15:59

What will happen is it will break your fence if next door doesn't get rid of it first. 

16/04/2014 at 16:02

Mrs G - you can make your own elderflower cordial too - delicious.  We got the recipe off tinternet, and now make it every year

17/04/2014 at 08:49

Sorry Jim, didn't see your post and hadn't considered the fence breaking so thanks for that. Have already done as you suggested so feeling quite pleased with myself. Although I'm still not sure it will grow from with roots in that position, but worth a try.

Chicky, my sister will make elderflower this that and the other, not me!

17/04/2014 at 09:36

don't worry, I'm sure it will grow as long as you water it. They're tough and root easily. You can also try a cutting. Hard wood cuttings root very easily in winter.

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