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Moving Sambucas Black Lace

I need a bit of advice.  I have recently moved and have a large back garden.  There is a Sambucas Black lace planted in the front of the border but the previous owners didn't plant it in the correct position and I want to move it to the back of the border where it will have more room to grow.  I think its about 3yrs old.  I have little knowledge about this shrub.  Does anyone know how easy it would be to move, not sure what the root system is like.  Also what time of year would it be best to try and move.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    They can get pretty big but at 3 years you m8ght succeed.  Once it's lost it's leaves. Just dig around about 12 to 18ins from the base and try. If you cut some of the roots you should still be fine. Once transplanted i would reduce the top growth by at least a half. You can cut them down like a Buddlia and they will regrow. Keep well watered for the first year.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    I'd go for it too - otherwise you'll forever be keeping it hacked back to fit the space.
    Water it really well before digging it out, if the ground's dry, have the new spot well prepared,  and be prepared for it to take you a while!
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364
    Is the Sambucca a plant that can have irritant leaves and stems?  

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

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