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MrsGarden

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?


 

BobTheGardener

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.

MrsGarden

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.


 

BobTheGardener

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.

Jim Macd

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.

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MrsGarden

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.

Jim Macd

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

chicky

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

MrsGarden

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!

Jim Macd

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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