Photo by Melody
Are you ready? It's time for our 14th annual photo contest! Enter your best pictures of the year, for a chance to win a calendar and annual subscription here. Hurry! Deadline for entries is October 21.

Article: Ornamental Elderberries: Elderberries

Communities > Forums > Article: Ornamental Elderberries
bookmark
Forum: Article: Ornamental ElderberriesReplies: 1, Views: 31
Add to Bookmarks
-
AuthorContent
hillsidegardens
Nottingham, MD

April 30, 2009
1:51 PM

Post #6483562

Dear Todd,
Thanks so much for your informative article. I went to a reputable nursery to purchase a black elderberry and was faced with 3 types with no informative labels on them. I finally went for looks even though it was the smallest bush and of course the most expensive. I was happy to see that my pick, Eva" was the best of both worlds!
I still have two more questions: does it require acid soil, and will the berries attract birds(which is why I bought it)? Make that three questions; what is its growth rate? At age 65 I try to find rapid growers.
I enjoyed the bio piece of the article and can identify with your "tightly-packed" garden. My garden is also small and stuffed. I also enjoy birding, which brings me to a fourth question: Can you help identify what types of leatherleaf mahonias (a real bird magnet) I have. One has 19 leaflets, blooms in January, and has dark green, very leathery leaves. The other, which I thought was the same, has only 12-13 leaflets, blooms in March, and has lighter colored and slightly softer leaves. Even after researching I cannot identify them, especially the one with 19-20 leaflets.
One last question, were you the Todd Boland mentioned in S. Weidenhal's(not sure of spelling) book on the history of birding in America, or Living on the Wind???
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 2, 2009
6:35 PM

Post #6493730

Elderberries are fast growing, attract birds and seem to grow in acid or alkaline. As I am an avid birder, I expect I am indeed the same Todd mentioned in that book, although I have not seen the book myself.

You cannot post until you register and login.


Other Article: Ornamental Elderberries Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Great Article! pelletory 6 Aug 1, 2011 1:45 PM
Black Lace Elderberry momof2labs 2 Aug 1, 2011 1:43 PM
more on Sambucus I_LOVE_ROSES 0 Aug 9, 2008 3:01 PM
Black lace elderberry "tree" owgii 1 Oct 24, 2008 10:11 AM
Elderberry windsocklady 0 Aug 1, 2011 6:58 AM


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America