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Q.Why Is My Sambucus Black Lace Elder Turning Light Brown?

Zone UK | sallydickins added on September 11, 2023 | Answered

I planted the shrub last year and it has done really well. However, over the past few months I have noticed the leaves and branches of the plant are now turning a light brown colour. Please help, I love this plant!

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Answered on September 11, 2023

This could have a few causes. Make sure that they have all of the nutrients that they need, and that their soil pH stays around 5.5 to 6.5.



They prefer moist soils over dry, so it is important to keep them watered, well.


There are a few diseases that may be cured with a fungicide, as well.



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Answered on September 11, 2023

Thank you for the advice. I do wonder if it could be ants? There are a few nests around this area.

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