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Q.How Do I Get My Elderberry Bush To Branch Outward?

Zone Des Moines, Iowa zone 4-5 | Heidi.kat@live.com added on March 1, 2022 | Answered

I have an elderberry bush that I put in the ground 2 years ago. It’s grown quickly, starting at about 1 foot in height, and is now 5 feet tall. It has three branches, but it seems to only grow upward and not outward. It gets direct sunlight for about 8 hours daily. We have a sprinkler system with soakers, so it’s getting water. It shows no sign of disease. I fertilize. The leaves are beautiful and healthy. Is it time to prune? I’m in Iowa, and it’s been cold so we don’t have beds yet.

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Answered on March 2, 2022

Since the plant is still dormant, and it has been in ground for two years, I would recommend doing so as soon as you can!

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