elderberry

Asked June 20, 2020, 4:11 PM EDT

My elderberry was doing fine this year and very suddenly about half of the branches shriveled up and died, pictures attached. Any idea what happened? Can I prune off the dead and save the plant? Thanks for your help. Scott Clover, Afton, MN

I live in Washington County.

Cook County Minnesota

1 Response

I don't know for certain, but my guess would be root rot, possibly due to overwatering (or too much rain on poorly drained soil).

I would prune out the damaged branches and wait and see. Monitor soil moisture carefully. Don't water unless necessary.

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If you want an accurate diagnosis, you can send tissue samples to the Plant Disease Clinic (for a small fee):