Elderberries are vigorous plants with glossy green leaves and large white flower heads that develop in May. If not harvested, these elderflowers develop into large fruit clusters in late summer. The elderberry contains a high amount of vitamin C and is excellent for pies, syrups, wines, etc.
- Best pollinator: any other elderberry variety
- Can be shipped dormant
- Note: Images are of mature plants
- Botanical Name: sambucus canadensis
- Soil: Moist, well-drained, loamy soil best
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Years to Bear: 2-3
- Growth Rate: Vigorous
- Adams:Zone 4-8. Adams is a native elderberry. Very juicy, purple berries, excellent for elixirs, pies, syrups, wines, etc. Late ripening (August) and a heavy producer.
- Bob Gordon:Zone 6-9. The fruits of the Bob Gordon variety are sweeter and larger than most other varieties. Appears resistant to Japanese Beetle. Unusual for an elderberry, its fruit grows on new canes so it can be cut to the ground yearly. Ripens in July.
- Johns:Zone 4-8. Ripens mid-August. Vigorous grower with noticeably larger berries.
- Ranch: Zone 3-8. Known to be drought tolerant and a productive, compact plant. Stronger and shorter stems than other varieties, making it easy to harvest.
- Wilder Native:Zone 3-9.This native elderberry is perhaps the best known variety, if you are familiar with native elderberries. Produces loose clusters of delicious fruit. Pollinates better with other varieties.
- Wyldewood: Zone 3-8.Harvest season is 2-3 weeks later than other varieties. Vigorous and productive. When grown in warmer climates with a longer growing season, can be trimmed to the ground when dormant, the new stems will yield fruit the following year.
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