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Johns Elderberry

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Description

Larger berries on more vigorous plants. Fruit ripens about two weeks later than Adams. Carefree plants require little to no spraying. Green foliage has an appealing gloss to add landscape interest to this bush. Giant clusters of white flowers bloom in spring, becoming soft, nearly black berries in late summer. Both the elderflowers and the ripe elderberries are edible. Cold-hardy. Ripens in mid-August. Best pollinator: any other elderberry variety.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Mid August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 6.5
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I have a couple of healthy wild elderberry plants & understand that this is a good choice to pair with them for pollination.
I also chose it for the larger berries & inverted heads to somewhat protect the berries from birds.
Bradford S on Jun 7, 2016
Already have York and Adams, so adding this increases our homestead diversity!
Ben C on May 21, 2016
I have a couple of healthy wild elderberry plants & understand that this is a good choice to pair with them for pollination.
I also chose it for the larger berries & inverted heads to somewhat protect the berries from birds.
Bradford S on Jun 7, 2016
Love this for wine and jelly.
Steven R on May 31, 2016
Already have York and Adams, so adding this increases our homestead diversity!
Ben C on May 21, 2016
I have another elderberry and I needed a second one.
Melanie V on Apr 16, 2016
Johns Elderberry is new for us. It was chosen because it is supposed to produce large, sweet berries. We already have a two cultivars released by the University Of Missouri, a Wyldewood, found near Eufala, Oklahoma by Jack and Marge Millican and a Bob Gordon, found in Missouri hill country by none other than Bob Gordon. We should get good cross pollination.
Joseph S on Mar 19, 2016
I haven't been able to find this locally and for its great health benefits
Teresa B on Mar 4, 2016
Love Elderberries
Paula M on Feb 24, 2016
Love this for wine and jelly.
Steven R on May 31, 2016
I have another elderberry and I needed a second one.
Melanie V on Apr 16, 2016

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Johns Elderberry
I was very happy with the bare rooted plants I received. They were large plants in very good condition and a really good price.
May 5, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Sill waiting
Still waiting on fruit, but bush has multiplied like crazy. Many new shoots come up every summer. Maybe I'll get fruit this year.
May 9, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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