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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 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.

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.

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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
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
Great flavor in these berries and huge flower heads for fritters
Linda P on Mar 22, 2016
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
I have a bunch of Johns but someone killed the Adams I had. I needed another pollinator.
Stephen R 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
Do these plants have to be near water to thrive?
cheryl b on Mar 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, elderbrries thrive in most locations without being near water. I have a number of elderberries of different varieties and they all bear heavily with no sight of a body of water! If you travel the highways of Germany, and also along the roads in the rural areas, there are literally hundreds of thousands of elderberry trees / bushes. In the spring the German highways are lined with these trees bearing the huge white flower clusters. Elderberries are hardy and they grow well without coaxing, don't need spraying and only need water when you are settling them in the first year.
Elderberries do grow well along river banks, like the Ramapo river in Oakland NJ where we gathered the berries from a rowboat when I was a child. ?they also grow very well away from water.
Karen Kinnane
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.
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...
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.
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!

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I do recommend
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
1 year 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 3 years ago
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 2 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
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
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
1 year ago
Really vibrant
They are really doing well this year. Only in the ground since last year and they are already getting ready to set flowers. I am in Michigan.
May 11, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
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
1 year 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 2 years ago
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