Texas Gardening forum: Elderberry

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Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Poohdaddy
Mar 10, 2013 9:54 AM CST
Anyone have thoughts or information of having an Elderberry in the yard/landscape?
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Mar 10, 2013 11:16 AM CST
Sounds good to me. They are listed in "Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas" by George Oxford Miller. It say "Its large size and spreading shape make it suitable for background and mass plantings along fences, walls, or Property lines. In mixed plantings, it is compatible in size and habitat with rusty blackhaws, roughleaf dogwood and button bush". I will probably be planting some myself this summer, if I can get some cutting started. They are abundant in this area.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Mar 10, 2013 11:28 AM CST
Elderberry grows wild here - almost an invasive weed.
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Mar 10, 2013 3:27 PM CST
I have an elderberry in the yard, species unknown...came up near a compost pile, where I'd thrown the remains from my herbal elderberry seed teas. I put a plant out by the creek that came up by by the stems of my original plant. It has now spread into a small grove out there. Sometimes I have to remove more sprouts that come up near the one in the yard. Love the flowers, beautiful! But yeah, they can spread...don't know if all the elderberry species do that.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Mar 10, 2013 5:38 PM CST
I have them, and yes they spread, but no problem to take out unwanted shoots, lovely plant for pollinators and birds.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 11, 2013 7:06 PM CST
We have elderberry on the other side of our fence in the forest. It is pretty in the spring and really has a nice spread for a backdrop as the OP says. If it's natural, I say, "Bring it!"
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Name: Duane Robinson
Kerrville, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Poohdaddy
Mar 14, 2013 5:26 PM CST
Thanks for all the responses on Elderberrys. One of my Master Gardener buddies is bringing me a transplant from her yard. I will pick it up at the Texas Thyme Unit's Herb Festival Saturday. They are having a sale and I need some herbs for a couple of new beds I am putting in. I'm also going to try some Borage in and around my tomatoes. I hear they are good companions and Borage helps protect the tomatoes from critters.

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