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By Macpat

Cheshire, United Kingdom

Hi everyone. I haven't visited the site for a long time due to health and family probs but something in my garden has prompted me to make the effort. My Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold' has died , literally overnight. It is about 3 feet high and in a large pot. It hasn't been neglected in any way but from looking decidedly perky yesterday, it is this morning, wilted and looking very dead. Has anyone any idea what has gone wrong please? I bought the shrub 9 weeks ago and immediately transferred it to a larger pot where it has been quite happy until now. It looks beyond rescue but I would like to find out what has caused it's demise. Thank you.



The thing that springs to mind is weedkiller - has it been watered with a can that previously had weedkiller in it? Or could it have been sprayed accidentally via spray drift when treating other plants? If neither of these fit the picture, turn it out of its pot and see if there's anything going on in there.

9 Jul, 2011


Thanks Bamboo. I did think of weed killer but it has always been watered with the hosepipe. Have checked with my neighbours about weed killer spray but nobody has been using spray. I shall turn out the pot tomorrow...I wonder if itis weevil. Will let you know.

9 Jul, 2011


This happened to mine only last week - all leaves wilted and died within about a week. Same thing happened last summer too. No idea what's happening, but this spring (following last year's demise) it grew and sprouted fine again. If you find out why please post answer here!

22 Jul, 2011

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