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Bob Gordon Elderberry

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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.


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 3 - 2
Zone Range 3 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 9
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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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