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Elderberry Planting/Spacing

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I’m getting some year old elderberries from my local extension office. What is the best spacing? Also, should I deep mulch them for winter? I have some extra straw bales. I’m in zone 4.
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Mulch is great, new elder plants are not at all good with competition, especially from grasses, etc.

Spacing really depends on your goals.  Commercial growers will plant as tight as 2 ft on 10-12 foot rows.  It also hinges on how many plants you are doing and what style/shape.   I like 6 to 8 foot spacing to create a hedge/wind break over time that fills in.
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