Elderberries are popular for their unique taste, while providing great ornamental and ecological value. They are very cold hardy and an easy-to-grow plant. The berries grow in dense clusters and are a nutritious fruit which ripens in late August through early September in this area. They can produce abundantly, even in partial shade.
The berries are rich in vitamins and antioxidants and have been demonstrated in research to strengthen the immune system. When ripe, the entire cluster should be removed and the berries stripped from the cluster or frozen for later use. The berries have a dark purple juice and must be cooked.
The berries provide a great food source for wildlife and birds, as well. The large white flowers attract butterflies and other nectar-loving birds. The flowers also can be used themselves in preparations, such as in desserts, adding a light, sweet, scent and flavor that some describe as akin to muscat grapes. They can also be lightly battered and fried or made into a liqueur or cordial.
Elderberry plants are generally free of pests and diseases. They are self-fertile but will produce more with a second variety planted for cross-pollination. We offer multiple options:
It is American genetics and really flowery/productive so quite easy to grow and satisfying.
Seriously high value elderberry. Likely self-fruitful... European dominant genetics, fruits on 2nd year wood. Maybe the best elder there is. Fruits the size of small aronia berries! Up at Cornells minor fruit orchard there is a block of maybe 30 varieties of elders. Almost all are dead from neglect and bad soil. Marge is massive.
John's will produce 15-30 pounds (30 in outstanding years) of berries annually. It is our highest yielding variety and offers berries which are sweet with a touch of tang. John is highly adaptable to different soil types and usually produces fruits the second year after planting.
Incredibly easy to grow with little to no effort. Seems more fruitful after its 1st full year of growth.
Biggest flower heads we've ever see on an American Elderberry. Well over 12" in diameter.
Height at maturity: 10'
Spread at maturity: 6-8'
Hardiness Zones: 4a-8a
Container Size: 4"
Height at time of sale: 6-12"