Posted: 30/11/2016 at 13:31
I think that what has fallen are the leaves - elder leaves are divided into leaflets leading off the main 'mid rib' - but it is all one leaf.
This is just one elder leaf
The mid rib which looks like a stem or small branch in the centre will fall with the leaves in the autumn. That is perfectly normal. Don't worry, next spring your elder will grow some branches from the single upright stem and the branches will then have these 'compound' leaves growing from them.
Last edited: 30 November 2016 13:31:56