Is it possible to propagate elderberry other than by seed (ie. grafting or rooting a branch)? I ordered two elderberry bushes, but only one survived.
The following article should be of some help to you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/how-to-root-cuttings-from-various-shrubs-bushes-and-trees.htm
My black elderberry is 6 years old. Has been thriving even though deer nibble on it. It has leafed out and flowered every year. This year it leafed out and then every branch of leaves wilted. One branch is left with reasonable leaves and weak flowers. I did cut off one dead branch at the bottom in March. What happened?? If it may be a root borer, should I dig the whole shrub up and throw it away? Help. Thanks.
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.
Leaves are shriveling up and turning brown--is there a spray available for this?
Hopefully, you will find the information in this article helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/elderberry/planting-elderberry.htm
I would like to know if what I picked were elderberries. They look like the ones that I picked many years ago in Pennsylvania. I found them in a field-like area near railroad tracks. They are tiny berries on a stem that is kind of pinkish in color near the cluster and then turns green. I just don't want to be baking with the wrong kind of berry.
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
I have two elderberry plants. - Common Elder and Sambucus Nigra. I can use the flowers and berries for medicinal purposes. My question is if I harvest the flowers, will I have to sacrifice the berries in the fall?
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?
I planted a Black Lace elderberry 5 years ago. It has never grown any larger than the day I planted it. It does produce leaves and a few blossoms, but does not grow. What could be the problem?
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
I need to know if elderberries will grow in my area, NE Wyoming. The "maps" say we are a zone 3; however, we can hit a couple of weeks in the winter when we do not get above 0.
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/