I’ve been harvesting my black elderberry for 4 years. This is the first year...
I’ve been harvesting my black elderberry for 4 years. This is the first year the leaves started falling off in June. The leaves that fall are yellow or half yellow and brown. See pic of leaves I picked off. The flowers look good and I’m looking forward to a lot of Elderberries. Do you know what could be causing this?
Pierce County Washington
Please re-upload photos--they are not on your post.
- Are you getting new growth of leaves?
- Did the damaged leaves start with wilting leaves at the TIPS of the branches?
- Did the leaves start falling off after that wickedly hot couple of days we had June 22-23?
It probably started about that time.
The photo I see of the leaves and flowers looks fantastic--healthy and happy. What percentage of the tree has the damaged leaves? I think this looks like leaf scorch from that hot, dry, breezy weather we had a couple weeks ago. you may continue to see damaged leaves until the ones affected fall off the tree. That's what the damage pattern looks like, and we've seen a lot of it this past June. If most of your tree looks like that third picture, and there's new growth beginning, I think your tree should be fine. Depending on your site, and you say it's on a slope, you may need to irrigate it during hot weather.
Thank you. I hadn’t considered leaf scorch and it’s good to know the effects can linger.