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Nova Elderberry

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Description

An easy-care addition to the edible landscape. Wide clusters of creamy white flowers appear in spring, making wonderful components for bouquets or for dipping in batter and making fritters. If left on the bush, the flowers develop into bountiful bunches of tender, deep purple berries used in jams, jellies, pies, and wines. Being native to North America, these fast-growing bushes also appeal to wildlife, like bees and hummingbirds, as a food source. Cold hardy. Ripens in early August. Best pollinator: any other elderberry variety.

Characteristics

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

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
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
Already have York and Adams, so adding this increases our homestead diversity!
Ben C on May 21, 2016
Already have York and Adams, so adding this increases our homestead diversity!
Ben C on May 21, 2016
Do I have to cook elderberries before eating?
Steph on Aug 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No you don't. Granted these berries are very bitter and often times they are cooked into a sweetened jam but they are edible without cooking. I pick them and put them into vodka to make a tincture for winter colds.

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Fantastic healthy plants that are doing great!
Bought the pair last year and they are doing fantastic. Growing quickly and looking forward to some berries.
May 23, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Not a very experienced gardener, but they are growing beautifully!
I ordered Nova and York elderberry bushes early last year. They grew about 4 feet tall the first year, survived a Wisconsin winter and are really taking off this year and looking really healthy! There are some berries beginning to grow already as well.
May 31, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Nova elderberry
This plant is growing well. Two previous years I bought them and they didn't survive the winter. These were bigger. Thank you.
May 13, 2016
Purchased
5 months ago
Great Elderberry
This elderberry is a rapid growth specimen, as well as very healthy looking. It had beautiful large flower clusters this spring.
June 28, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago