Transplant the sucker after it produces viable roots and shows significant growth. Transplant in autumn within Sunset's Climate Zones 14 to 17 and in spring within Sunset's Climate Zones 7 to 9. 1. Cut the elderberry back with sharp pruning shears to half its height or 3 to 6 feet tall, whichever is greater. 2. Slice down into the soil all the way around the base of the bush near the ends. You may be better off to buy a new one with good healthy roots at a nursery.
If you want to buy the same type as you have, take a branch of it into the nursery. Lots of shrubs are on sale at this time of year. If you ever have to move a shrub in the future, wait until it drops its leaves in the fall.
Dec 23, Yes,that is a pretty large plant and your odds of survival go up if you wait for dormancy. All of the other rules of after care still apply,don't plant too deep, plant straight, and build a dam around the plant so you can flood it. Of course, it is critical to get a rootball and this one will be heavy so get help so you don't get hurt. Jun 05, Elderberry bushes have become a popular addition to the home landscape.
The fruits are a food source for birds and their flowers attract butterflies and other floral-visiting insects. Elderberry is a native plant growing bush-like to heights of 6 to 12 feet, depending on site conditions. With its finely cut dark-purple leaves you might mistake it for a weeping Japanese Maple, until the massive 6-inch heads of pink flowers burst open in summer in dramatic contrast to the nearly black foliage.
In early fall, the flowers give way to deep burgundy, almost black berries. Plants require full sun for the best foliage color.