Tyler Close wrote:Different elderberry varieties have greatly different sizes, some of them clearly trees rather than bushes. The varieties I've been considering all claim to top out at about 6 feet. That seems in about the same range as a blueberry bush, which I've read do well on a hugel. As you've noted, the elderberry also prefers the moist soil that a hugel provides.
I'm planning to use the edges of the hugel for actual tree size fruit trees, so also don't want to give up that space for the elderberry.
Since we're talking about it, another question I've had is how close to the hugel to plant the fruit trees. I haven't found anything more specific than "next to". Is two or three feet away from the edge of the hugel the right spacing?