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Adams Elderberry

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Description

Carefree beauty with edible appeal. Vigorous plants have glossy green foliage and in May they develop large white flower-heads. If not harvested first for fritters, tea, or wine, elderflowers develop into exceptional, large fruit clusters in the summer. Fruit contains a high amount of vitamin C and has better, consistent quality than wild elderberries. Cold-hardy. Ripens in August. Best pollinator: any other elderberry variety.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Ripens/Harvest 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 3 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 9
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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 6 - 10' tall x 6 - 8' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 6 - 8' apart to ensure room for growth.

Pollination

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

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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.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow elderberry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Zone compatibility
Brenda H on Mar 26, 2020
Same
Edward K on Mar 23, 2020
Zone compatibility
Brenda H on Mar 26, 2020
Zone compatibility
William R on Mar 25, 2020
Same
Edward K on Mar 23, 2020
I saw that the plants should have another variety for pollination, Adams elderberry is supposed to be good in our zone, and it looked like it would pair well in terms of size comparisson and looks to the York elderberry plants.
Rebecca L on Mar 22, 2020
calif climate
todd w on Mar 21, 2020
Love elderberries there good for colds
Trudi G on Mar 18, 2020
No special reason, I grow various types of berries, abd grapes. This is just another kind of berry to grow on my property
pete H on Mar 18, 2020
It is expected to do well in my climate. And I wanted 2 different types of Elderberries.
Christi C on Mar 18, 2020
I researched a good elderberry plant and found this. It works well with my zone and I???d like to have my own elderberries eventually.
Rachael M on Mar 18, 2020
yummy my buddie grew thesse
william g on Mar 14, 2020
We are trying to get a variety of berries established on our small homestead. Last year was out first year to grow. We started small the first year. This year we are adding berries.
Megan P on Mar 13, 2020
Needed pollinated for my Black one
Leroy H on Mar 12, 2020
Want to make cold medicine with the berries and I can???t find them. I am going to try to grow my own.
Teresa L on Mar 10, 2020
Wanted to try elderberries for their health properties.
Melanie F on Mar 9, 2020
Was recommended as pollinator partner for Johns Elderberry.
Mary H on Feb 29, 2020
Have wanted Elderberry bushes for a long time, since no longer around naturally occurring Elderberries.
Chris C on Feb 23, 2020
I needed a second Elderberry as a pollinator so this is the one I chose
Connie S on Feb 21, 2020
Combine it with other fruits to make an excellent wine.
Danny on Feb 13, 2020
Great food for myself and the birds.
John R on Feb 2, 2020
Why Not, We all need Elderberry
Mark C on Jan 25, 2020
We plowed up our blueberries and wanted something different and less maintenance.
Joseph C on Jan 23, 2020
The size and customer reviews helped make my decision.
C M on Jan 12, 2020
Grows exceptionally well in Tennessee...very hearty....beautiful tree...love the taste of these elderberry.....very healthy,,,,
Jim C on Jan 9, 2020
Because it grows in my zone and needs the adams to pollinate
Lance W on Jan 6, 2020
I want to make elderberry syrup.
Kathryn D on Jun 24, 2019
Childhood memories
Lenice W on Jun 1, 2019
Daughter has one
M S on May 29, 2019
I already have 2 Elderberry plants that are likely Nova, and I needed to add a different type for pollination.
Camilla K on Apr 1, 2019
Elderberries are expensive to buy. Excellent for cold/flu season
Kesha B on Mar 27, 2019
i have bought 2 of this bush before and it produces well, needed more elderberries so i bought with you again
Alice W on Mar 15, 2019
Bought these to complement the other Elderberries that I have growing. Makes great tincture and looking forward to the wine.
Jonathan E on Aug 2, 2018
Elderberries are a much overlooked fruit. They are super easy to grow. The blossoms smell wonderful and the berries are wonderful in jelly, wine or pie. This variety pollinates well with Johns.
Valarie S on May 24, 2016
I have a bunch of Johns but someone killed the Adams I had. I needed another pollinator.
Stephen R on Mar 22, 2016
Great flavor in these berries and huge flower heads for fritters
Linda P on Mar 22, 2016
I use to have elderberry plants in the ditches by our house and now they are gone. Would really like to get some re-established.
Cathy Z on Mar 20, 2016
Zone compatibility
William R on Mar 25, 2020
I saw that the plants should have another variety for pollination, Adams elderberry is supposed to be good in our zone, and it looked like it would pair well in terms of size comparisson and looks to the York elderberry plants.
Rebecca L on Mar 22, 2020
Are the leaves and branches poisonous?
Joewalz on Apr 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes in large quantities... the stems.. leaves and seeds have small quantities of cyanide and if consumed in large quantities can cause a buildup in the body's system and make you quite ill. Nausea vomiting and diarrhea are symptoms. Seek medical treatment if severe. Recovery is usually quick. Cooking the berries removes the the issue. All other parts are inedible. There are many good sites available online for more specific details on the different varieties.
Is this plant ok near black walnuts?
Jason W on May 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The question probably doesn't mean will elderberries hurt walnuts (as a previous person answered), but instead can elderberries survive in the vicinity of walnuts, which produce juglone compounds that kill many plants. I don't have any experience myself, but I googled "elderberry juglone" and elderberries were included on a list of juglone-tolerant plants, so I would expect you are ok to plant one near the other...
Do Elderberry plants spread like raspberries or are they more like a blueberry bush? Are they more in idea of a beauty bush? I'm trying to visual this plant full grown
Wanda on Jan 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Elderberry plants are not as prolific as raspberries, though they can definitely grow taller. White umbrellas up to 9 inches in diameter, made up of of dozens of tiny flowers appear in only a couple of weeks in July - Aug depending on your zone and weather conditions. Flowers are replaced by small BB's of green fruit that start to turn purple-black after 4 to 6 weeks. Fruit makes outstanding jellies, jams and wine. No thorns to dodge, harvest entire cap with scissors and clean in the comforts of home. Individual ripe berries on umbrella rarely exceed 1/4 inch in diameter and I have harvested fruit from wild plants that exceed 16 feet in height. Prune to control as desired.
Do these plants have to be near water to thrive?
cheryl b on Mar 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No they don't have to be near water if you can supply water during times of drought.
They do live native by streams because they aren't drought tolerant, but if you can supply water, there is no problem!

Mike
Can these berries grow on vines on a fence ??
Randy F on Nov 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Randy - Elderberries are more of a bush but can definitely be grown near a fence. If you have any other questions or concerns please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
how are elderberry shipped? bare root or potted ??
Michael R on Apr 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You have a choice; please see the "Choose an option" dropdown menu above.
Elderberries started from seed or cuttings?
Paul O on Mar 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The elderberries are taken from a rooted cutting. I hope this information helps!
do elderberries fruit year of planting or how many years later?
Linda R on Mar 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: For my plants, the first summer saw fast growth of branches up to about 4 feet. The second summer saw the production of many flower / fruit clusters and growth up to 6 and 7 feet tall. The third year will be even more productive for you.
Are these elderberries the proper variety to make syrup?
Melanie O on Mar 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, any variety will make great elderberry syrup. You can also steep the flowers in a tea for the same purpose.
Is this more of a shrub or tree?
Laura T on Feb 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Shrub, but like crape myrtle, I have seen them grow to very large sizes given the right conditions. It may end up being your choice with a set of pruners.
Do these spread by their roots?
Banny on Apr 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I was happy to see 4 or 5 saplings coming up near my two Elderberries about 2 weeks ago. I gathered all the berries last year, so it appears to have spread by the roots.
Can you coppice elderberry?
Carol I on Feb 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Here is a link to our pruning section for Elderberries.

//www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/how-to-grow/berry-plants/elderberry-plants/pruning

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Are Elderberries deer resistant?
T K on Mar 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn???t say 100% deer resistant but they do not seem to bother them too much. You have to worry more about the birds getting the fruit
Are any of these elderberries sambuca nigra? I believe this is the plant that is nature's medicine.
Barbara R on Jan 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our varieties of elderberry that we carry at this time are Sambucus Canadensia.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
When should elderberries be planted? There's a sale on at Stark bro. on them right now; is it appropriate to plant them in August?
Leslie B on Aug 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
Your description indicates full sun for elderberries. However, some have told me they can be productive with only partial sun. Can anyone elaborate on this?
SamStark on May 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Elderberries produce best in full sun; maybe what you understood is that they can STILL be productive, even in partial shade. Very few fruiting trees/plants will produce in partial shade.

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I ordered this elderberry 2 years ago. It was one feet tall. Now it's 8 feet tall. Last year it bloomed and we had berries. I wish this review had picture attachment so I could share.
May 5, 2016
Adams Elderberry
I have about 10 varieties of elderberries. So far this is the most prolific. Just noticed today that it's the first one to produce flower buds.. and it's also the tallest and fastest growing of all the varieties of elderberry plants that I have. So far so good. The plants are in their second year.. no berries last year.
May 20, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Amazing products
I ordered two Adams and two Johns. Arrived pruned and planted this spring. All have already doubled in size, and have fruit! All in the first season!! Been very impressed with all my Stark Bros. products this year.
August 2, 2016
Good hardy plants
I was very happy with my purchase of Elderberry bushes from Stark Bros. They were delivered very quickly and came in great shape. They even threw in an extra little one, whether on purpose or not, so I planted the little guy in a special area in the back corner of my yard. It's the little elderberry bush that could, lol!
They are all doing great and flourishing in my back yard with a German Shepherd and West Highland Terrier dog running amok all around them.
I would recommend buying from Stark Bros. They have great products and I've never been disappointed by the plants they have shipped me.
May 11, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Good buy!
It looked small when it arrived, but it took off that summer and now two years latter its huge and makes a nice hedge.
May 6, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Very Pleasantly Surprised!
I bought an Adams and a Johns elderberry bush and planted them at the end of May of this year, 2016. The Johns took off, but the Adams seemed to be struggling a bit and suffered some minor insect nibbling. I noticed yesterday, July 7, 2016 that BOTH plants have several tiny blossom heads forming! I'm completely amazed! Both bushes have reached a height of about 3ft. at this point, but I never imagined I might have fruit the first year of planting?! We've given them nothing but water and sunshine and mulched them to keep the ground from drying out. Thank you Starkbros for providing such healthy plants. We're truly enjoying our purchase!
July 8, 2016
Grows beautifully
I planted it last year and grows beautifully, it is 4' tall with a few nwe side shoots.
May 21, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
I ordered these about a year ago now with little to no knowledge of Elderberries other than some simple google research and the fact I enjoyed Elderberry juice I bought at the store.

At first the York Elderberry did the best and managed to produce flowers but that was about it. It grew into a nice little size bush. The Adams also grew a bit and that was that. The summer of 2016 in this part of Ohio suffered pretty nasty drought so the only water they got what was I gave them which was enough. So considering their first year and drought conditions they did ok. The spring of 2017 has experienced remarkable grow for both plants. However, the Adams Elderberry sent two shoots up about 2 feet away from the plant which are now as big as the original plant. Strange eh? This year I did noticed (as last) that there are little spots so I am concerned about possible fungi infections so I may need to apply organic fungicide or neem oil as a precaution. I also just planted a Johns elderberry in spring of 2017.
May 13, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
It's April, and berry heads have appeared
Here we are in mid April in Southern California and I've got 2 Adams and 2 Johns for the pollination purpose, and both Adams an so far 1 of the Johns have berry head starts already developing.

These plants are all in their 4th year and the year where I expect a decent crop. Hopefully a few jars of jelly late August.
April 19, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Elderberries from Stark
Ordered two bushes a year ago. Two sticks arrived in the mail, but when I put them in the ground they took off. Both are thriving and are flowering this year so I expect I'll have berries this fall. I am very pleased with the promptness of the service and quality of the plants.
June 7, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago