Cheyenne County Conservation District
785-332-2341 Ext.101614B W Business US Hwy 36, St Francis, KS 67756-9600
American Elderberry (Bare Root)
Container Size: sm
Can grow anywhere from 5'-12' tall
Elderberry shrubs typically grow 5 to 12 feet tall, but some can soar to heights of 20 feet. These taller elderberry bushes often appear more like multi-stemmed trees in the garden. They are also rapid growers with a spread that's typically 6 to 12 feet across. Because of their quick growth, they are smart choices for filling a dead space in a garden.
Elderberry bushes have deciduous leaves that grow 5 to 9 inches long. Though their pale flowers are tiny, they grow in sizable clusters that can span up to a foot. These showy clusters make elderberry bushes especially recognizable in summer, when the flowers blossom. The dark, berrylike fruit also grows in clusters in summer and early fall; each fruit is approximately 1/4-inch in diameter.
If you want to train an elderberry shrub into a tree, it's best to start early, before the shrub reaches maturity. Look for strong stems or a single central branch, then remove the remaining vertical stems. If new stems develop, trim them immediately. Also remove side branches that are close to the ground, to give the shrub the look of a bare tree trunk at the bottom, as desired.
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