JohnW Moody wrote:Beth, is yours a red elder then? If so, those are the most toxic, just so you are aware.
JohnW Moody wrote:Compare with what is normally called Mexican elder, http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/Plants%20of%20Upper%20Newport%20Bay%20(Robert%20De%20Ruff)/Caprifoliaceae/Sambucus%20mexicana.htm
JohnW Moody wrote:Red, usually technically called racemosa, is the most poisonous.
Even here if you read you will see differing info. The elder family is quite large!
JohnW Moody wrote:Yes. Elder respond well to pruning. They bear better with proper pruning, and are healthier, along with you keeping harvest "within reach" as they say. Some varieties (and growers) actually GROUND PRUNE the shrubs/plants each year! Totally mow them to just 8-24 or so inches tall. Ground pruning does require very good amendment practices (you are asking a lot OF the plant, so you need to provide a lot FOR the plant.) My book goes over all the common major pruning methods. At the best least, you can keep them 8 feet and under if you want, and remove old growth to use for crafts!