berries disappeared from lemon lace elderberry

Asked May 20, 2019, 5:35 PM EDT

Earlier in the spring, there were so many flowers on my 3 or 4 year old Lemon Lace elderberry, I thought I would get some actual berries this year. Just now I checked it and it looks like the stems after someone ate all the grapes. Minimal berries left. Would you know what's going on?

Hennepin County Minnesota elderberry fruiting shrubs

1 Response

Thank you for the question. Elderberry shrubs are often planted as a food supply for songbirds. If you had blooms that produced berries which are now gone, I can only imagine that the birds had an early treat. Due to the unseasonably cold weather this spring, the birds have had a tough time finding enough to eat. The unripe berries may have filled the void.

Thank you for contacting Extension.