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When should I prune my Sambucus Nigra ? And how much ? It seems to grow a lot out on the sides instead of up, I would like it to grow upwards instead put as it is so beautiful I dont want to kill it.
Thanks for any ideas (to a fairly new garderner )



It can be hard pruned in the spring, but other members (including me!) with this shrub tend to shape it in the autumn. This does seem to work!

9 Aug, 2008


Hi You can increase its upward growth by reducing the side growth. These are very tough trees and I think you still have time to prune some side growths before Winter sheds its leaves. I was told never to kill an Elderberry as there is a Witch who lives with it, Look after it and she will look after you. Rubbish of course , but that is the story.

9 Aug, 2008


Prune as hard as you like and then some in November. You'll see what I mean in the following summer!

10 Aug, 2008

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