How do you propagate a Black Lace Elderberry Tree?

gardenbug(8b)June 22, 2014

My neighbor has a B.L. Elderberry tree. I love the tree and she is going to give me a branch so I propagate it. Can someone please give me some ideas on how this is done? When is the best time of year? How big of a branch do I need and how to cut it. Best soil etc. I welcome all your suggestions. Thank so much for your help. I am in zone 8b, British Columbia.

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It's a shrub, not a tree. You could propagate using soft twig cuttings (that is, recent growth from this year) and root hormone powder or liquid and keep it moist.

Here is a link that might be useful: Links to propagation tips from cuttings

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 10:31PM
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Thank you for the clarification. Funny, it looked like a shrub a few years ago but now it's as tall as their house, so I just thought it must be a tree. I appreciate your help on how to propagate them and the link as well. I think I will try to do it.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 1:27AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

If you can get several lengths about a foot long of old wood they root quite well just shoved into the ground and kept moist.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 6:53AM
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Hi floral, thanks so much. You've given me some encouragement. I'm going to try it. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 9:47PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

eshga, I think you could justifiably call Elder a small tree. If left unpruned Sambucus nigra grows a single trunk, or at least a small number of trunks and can reach 20 feet or so, easily as big as a Rowan. It's one of those in between sort of woody plants. Old Elder trees are common in the British countryside.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 12:22PM
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