Companion to Black Lace Elderberry?

amateur_expert(z6 MD)April 14, 2006

I am planting a black lace elderberry to partially hide a huge hideous electrical box in my front yard. It will need some friends to help do the job - anybody have any ideas?

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Something silvery.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2006 at 9:58PM
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putzer(z4 WI)

Sambucus Aurea (Golden Elderberry)

    Bookmark   April 15, 2006 at 12:52AM
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amateur_expert(z6 MD)

I've heard that other elderberrys can be invasive with their suckers... is golden elderberry like this?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2006 at 8:16AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

I've never seen a shrubby (woody) elder of any species spread below the ground. I may have seen a bit of layering a few times, although I can't say when or where.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2006 at 2:15PM
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chrsvic(z6 OH)

Madonna variegated golden elderberry would be a good one as well. Its the same species (sambucus nigra) so should help with setting fruit. Black lace might be a little less vigorous than other elders because of the cut leaves. I'd like to try one out, but i don't want to mail order just one plant.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2006 at 6:04PM
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two_munkeys(z6 ON)

No ideas to offer, but wanted to say just make sure you don't plant too close to the box. Maybe check city ordinances about this too.

On my street a neighbour planted a garden to block his view of an electrical box, but when the city came to do maintenance on the box a few years later, they cut down a beautiful globe blue spruce and some spireas (and trampled his perennial bed doing it), because they were within 3' of the box. Apparently it was a city ordinance that none of us knew about.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2006 at 10:13AM
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pamcleod(z4 NH Lakes)

I planted a pink beautybush (Kolkwitzia amabilis) next to mine. I thought the pink flowers of the beautybush would look nice to the dark foliage of the Black Lace.

Here is a link that might be useful: Beautybush

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 10:18PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

That was nice that they cut down that expensive spruce without even giving your friend a chance to move it first. Can't they send out notices?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 12:39AM
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conifers

I was thinking Lavender which is silvery.

Dax

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 7:17AM
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york_rose

I've read before that elderberries often have a somewhat rustic appearance. How "coarse looking" are this elderberry's branches during the winter?

    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 9:20AM
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mrtulin

I can't address the tall companion question, but I found alchemilla mollis growing up through the branches is lovely. And I imagined a rich pink something, like the flowers of the dark elderberry, might be nice...I'm trying a pink columbine in back, but it is too pale.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2007 at 11:44PM
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