Black Lace Elder

Hi

 

How and when should I prune my Black Lace elder as it is shooting fast.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,604

    There was a discussion about this a while back - look here  http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/sambucus-black-lace-cutting-back-confusing-advice/1875.html 

    Hope that's helpful image

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,604

    Following Verdun's advice will be great if you are growing the shrub purely for the foliage - and I know that's Verdun's special enthusiasm image - but Sambucus flowers on old wood so if you want the flowers/fruit you should prune after these are over, or only prune  a proportion of the stems each year. 

    Sorry Verdun image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • I'm interested in the foliage mainly. So have pruned mine last week all in proportion BUT have kept one side old branch for its flowers. Have done this for the last 2 yrs....

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I've cut mine to the base and its sending up some lovely dark shoots image

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