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  • Answered by
    Heather on
    June 4, 2012
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    Several things could be going on, from environmental to pests to fungus.

    This year has been very odd weather wise. If you have been experiencing the cold and warm snaps that much of the Midwest has, then the tree may have grown its new leaves too early and the new growth is far more susceptible to cold damage. When the cold returned, it would have killed all the new growth and leaves.

    It could also be a fungus or disease such as tip blight or some other fungus.

    There may also be a pest infestation from thrips or aphids. A particularly heavy infestation could cause this damage.

    If it is cold damage, the tree should recover on its own. You should see new budding growth by now.

    Just in case, treat the tree with a systemic pesticide and fungicide, such as neem oil. This will treat any pest or fungus issues the tree has, including if it does have root borers.

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    AnnsGreeneHaus on
    May 4, 2013
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    Hopefully, you will find the information in this article helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/elderberry/planting-elderberry.htm

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    AnnsGreeneHaus on
    July 30, 2013
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    This link is to an article with a nice picture of elderberries and a description: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/elderberry/planting-elderberry.htm

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  • Answered by
    Heather on
    January 6, 2014
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    Yes, if you harvest all the flowers, there will not be any berries to harvest later on. Perhaps you could designate one plant for flower harvest and another for berry harvest?

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    April 22, 2014
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    Evidently, the growing conditions it is currently in are not suitable. It may need to be moved elsewhere. Give it plenty of sun in well-draining soil. Transplant now, getting as much of the rootball as possible, or wait until fall. This article will help with planting the shrub: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/elderberry/planting-elderberry.htm

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  • Answered by
    theficuswrangler on
    June 18, 2014
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    There are many, many cultivars of elderberry. There are varieties native to most of Europe and North America, and many others have been hybridized in the last 200 years. With some research, you should be able to find some that will grow in your area. Here is an article on basic elderberry growing: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/elderberry/planting-elderberry.htm
    And here is some information on berries in Wyoming: http://www.uwyo.edu/barnbackyard/_files/documents/magazine/small-berries-insert-2009-03-4.pdf
    If you need more help, talk to someone at your local Extension Service: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/

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