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Q.What Happened To My Lemony Lace Elderberry

Zone San Jose, CA | weipe007 added on April 29, 2020 | Answered

I bought this Lemony Lace elderberry 3 month before from Lowe’s promotion corner and plant it into a full sun place in front yard this Feb. However I only start to notice the hardy zone for this plant is USDA 3-7. However I live in bay area, California which seems in Zone 9. (Not sure why Lowes sell this).I mulch a thin layer around the root area and give it water weekly or twice a week. It grows well in March and the lemony color leaves are so nice and all the neighbor loved it. However recently when weather become hot in the area, more and more leaves become yellow and also some of small leaves even have a little whole and become black as well. Not sure wether it got some diseases or it just got burnt because of the sun. I am also thinking of moving it to my backyard morning sun place. Can someone give me an advice? (Don’t want to lose it) Thanks in advance!

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Answered on April 29, 2020

Unfortunately, you are too far out of their growing range for them to remain healthy. Even if they were to bounce back, they cannot fruit properly without the chill hours required to keep them healthy.

Unfortunately, there may not be an easy way to grow these in your area.

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