Elderberry bush has spotted leaves

Asked September 29, 2017, 9:48 AM EDT

My young elderberry bushes have developed spots on their leaves and slowed growth. Is there anything I can do to save them?

Harnett County North Carolina

1 Response

Although it's difficult to confirm the exact causative agent from this photo alone, elderberries are susceptible to bacterial and leaf spot diseases, but infections do not warrant treatment. See: https://extension.psu.edu/elderberry-disease-descriptions

When possible, avoid overhead watering that would promote splashing from the soil. When did you notice slowed growth?