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can I leave it in a pot ourside during the winter cold Yorkshire ?? and how much should I prune it ??

On plant Sambucus nigra



Yes, as long as the roots don't freeze, like anything else in a pot. You can either prune it in early spring (to shape it) and lose the flowers, or after it flowers. They do regenerate from pruning.

1 Aug, 2010


I have S. nigra "Black Lace" and "Black Beauty" in raised beds. The compost freezes every winter, but the shrubs perform beautifully each year. In pots, however, I would concentrate on insulating these over winter, and move, if possible to a sheltered, frost-free area.

Agree with the pruning, Spritz, but I always do this late summer, after both flowers and berries, and the pruning can be quite severe, too. They seem to thrive on this and "perform" even better each summer.

1 Aug, 2010


Exactly, David. You explained it much better than I did! :-)

1 Aug, 2010


Sambucus Nigra is quite a hardy vigourous plant and can withstand really low temperature during the winter months. Its a decidous shrub which means its losses its leaves during the autumn and winter months. Pruning can be done mainly at spring time just as sap is starting flow and the shoots are showing and a very light prune when leaves have fallen off. This is basically to stop wind rock and any branches from out of shape. good luck

1 Aug, 2010


Errr - thanks, Ellwood - you're confirming what David and I said.

1 Aug, 2010

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