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hillsidegardens
Nottingham, MD

April 30, 2009
1:51 PM

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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.

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