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Companion to Black Lace Elderberry?

Posted by amateur_expert z6 MD (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 14, 06 at 18:00

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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RE: Companion to Black Lace Elderberry?

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 14, 06 at 21:58

Something silvery.


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RE: Companion to Black Lace Elderberry?

Sambucus Aurea (Golden Elderberry)


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


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  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 15, 06 at 14:15

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.


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RE: Companion to Black Lace Elderberry?

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.


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RE: Companion to Black Lace Elderberry?

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.


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RE: Companion to Black Lace Elderberry?

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


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RE: Companion to Black Lace Elderberry?

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 4, 07 at 0:39

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?


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RE: Companion to Black Lace Elderberry?

I was thinking Lavender which is silvery.

Dax


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RE: Companion to Black Lace Elderberry?

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


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RE: Companion to Black Lace Elderberry?

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.


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