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06/09/2012 at 14:54

This is the third Sambucus that i have planted. First a lovely golden one. We had it for many years till it out grew it's space. Second and third plants where the black varitty. Ihave had them now for two years and both seasons something has eaten the leaves. The leaves open then latter in the year about July time they are all nibbled.. No sign of caerpillars etc .Any ideas please.

06/09/2012 at 15:50

If the edges are nibbled it could be Vine Weevil, any chance of a photo.

06/09/2012 at 17:04
I suggest slugs may be the problem. I seem to struggle with elders myself. They like moist good soil but seem temperamental on my ground. Is ground too dry....leaves will abort then
06/09/2012 at 17:57

Defo slugs- they have been at my 2 dark leaved ones.  Beer trap or pellets is the best option.  My garden is full of slugs and snails this year, must be all the damp weather we have had.  My garden also has many frogs and toads, but I still have a slug problem!

07/09/2012 at 17:03

Thank you all for your replies. Hope it is just slugs and not vine  weival. My garden has been a wash with slugs as well. Just didn't think they would eat shrub leaves.


07/09/2012 at 17:08
Yes, they will decimate shrub leaves
07/09/2012 at 17:14

Any one go a friendly hedgehog. One used to visit quite often but haven't seen it for ages

07/09/2012 at 21:57
There was a good guide to leaf problems in August GW mag showing the damage that different pests do to leaves. I have found it useful for identifying the little b***ers!
07/09/2012 at 22:22

I saw the same artical. didn't match up with anything have cut it down and wait till next year. see if same thing happens again.

08/09/2012 at 00:59
Give it good feed and mulch then so it. Will roar away next spring. Torch at night and salt solution in bucket too next spring n summer and catch slugs
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