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Sweeter and bigger berries than other elderberries. Discovered in 1999 in Osceola, Missouri. Contain more than four times the antioxidant value of cherries. Strong, productive plants are easy to maintain and produce large, ¼” elderberries for pie, jam, wine and syrup. After plants go dormant in fall, mow them and then harvest fruit the next year on primocane stems. Some resistance to Japanese beetles. Bird damage is somewhat naturally mitigated by the hanging flower heads, but it’s wise to net the plants before fruit ripens in July. Best pollinator: any other elderberry variety.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 6.5
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 - 8' 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.

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.

Shipping Information

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Our Promise of Satisfaction

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
It's advertised as the premium elderberry in the Stark line. I have room at woods edge for 3 specimen varieties; this will be my crown jewel.
LAIRD T on Jul 12, 2020
available polinator
Gary F on Apr 9, 2020
It's advertised as the premium elderberry in the Stark line. I have room at woods edge for 3 specimen varieties; this will be my crown jewel.
LAIRD T on Jul 12, 2020
We are trying to establish various types of fruit-bearing plants in our yard. We live in a very cold and windy spot in the winter. I hope they survive
LISA H on Jun 27, 2020
available polinator
Gary F on Apr 9, 2020
Because I live in Florida zone 8b and this Elderberry is hardy to Zone 9
Lindan on Mar 25, 2020
To enhance my wine making and have this plant help pollinate the others that I have purchased.
O b t w. My grape plants I bought from Stark Brothers are doing great too. I can???t wait to make wine out of them!!!! Hahahaha!!!
Danny on Feb 13, 2020
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Christina C on Jan 27, 2020
Produces in my zone.
David T on Jan 17, 2020
We are trying to establish various types of fruit-bearing plants in our yard. We live in a very cold and windy spot in the winter. I hope they survive
LISA H on Jun 27, 2020
Because I live in Florida zone 8b and this Elderberry is hardy to Zone 9
Lindan on Mar 25, 2020
I am in zone 9. What other elderberry plans are compatible with zone 9 which can also pollinate? In other words, ideally I want two elderberry plants which can cross-polinate and are compatible with zone 9(b)
Darryl on Jan 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. When you have time, take a look at our new varieties: Wyldewood Elderberry and Bob Gordon Elderberry. These are both compatible in zone 9 and will pollinate each other.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Why no height listed with this variety?
David S on Feb 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The Bob Gordon elderberry will mature to be 6-8 ft. in height.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will mBob Gordon cross-pollinate with Black Lace Elderberry?
Sandi7875 on Jul 11, 2020
When would elderberries be able to be shipped to 28025?
Laurie M on Oct 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We will begin shipping these to your area in February-March 2021
When is the best time to plant these in zone 7?
Meg K on Jul 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. 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.
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.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
when is the best time to plant elder berry plants for my zone 37060 ?
george b on Jul 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. 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.
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.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
WHEN CAN YOU SHIP BOB GORDON ELDERS TO 44024 ZIP ?
FLAMETHROWER on Jul 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These appear to be in stock at this time and would ship by July 16th

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
will berries develop on its own or do I need a second one to get fruit?
Susan B on Jan 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Elderberries need to be planted with another variety of elderberry for proper pollination.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I live in Alaska, zone 4. Do you think the elderberries will get munched on by the local moose or would I need to protect them in the winter (which is usually when the moose start going after some of the plants)?
Dawn H on May 7, 2020

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