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Johns Elderberry

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Description

Larger berries on more vigorous plants. Fruit ripens about two weeks later than Adams. Carefree plants require little to no spraying. Green foliage has an appealing gloss to add landscape interest to this bush. Giant clusters of white flowers bloom in spring, becoming soft, nearly black berries in late summer. Both the elderflowers and the ripe elderberries are edible. Cold-hardy. Ripens in mid-August. Best pollinator: any other elderberry variety.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest Mid 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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
It is listed as a cross pollinator for the Adams Elderberry, which we have.
James H on Feb 26, 2017
Love this for wine and jelly.
Steven R on May 31, 2016
It is listed as a cross pollinator for the Adams Elderberry, which we have.
James H on Feb 26, 2017
I have a couple of healthy wild elderberry plants & understand that this is a good choice to pair with them for pollination.
I also chose it for the larger berries & inverted heads to somewhat protect the berries from birds.
Bradford S on Jun 7, 2016
Love this for wine and jelly.
Steven R on May 31, 2016
Already have York and Adams, so adding this increases our homestead diversity!
Ben C on May 21, 2016
I have another elderberry and I needed a second one.
Melanie V on Apr 16, 2016
Johns Elderberry is new for us. It was chosen because it is supposed to produce large, sweet berries. We already have a two cultivars released by the University Of Missouri, a Wyldewood, found near Eufala, Oklahoma by Jack and Marge Millican and a Bob Gordon, found in Missouri hill country by none other than Bob Gordon. We should get good cross pollination.
Joseph S on Mar 19, 2016
I haven't been able to find this locally and for its great health benefits
Teresa B on Mar 4, 2016
Love Elderberries
Paula M on Feb 24, 2016
I have a couple of healthy wild elderberry plants & understand that this is a good choice to pair with them for pollination.
I also chose it for the larger berries & inverted heads to somewhat protect the berries from birds.
Bradford S on Jun 7, 2016
Already have York and Adams, so adding this increases our homestead diversity!
Ben C on May 21, 2016

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Johns Elderberry
I was very happy with the bare rooted plants I received. They were large plants in very good condition and a really good price.
May 5, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
First year good indication
We planted 3 bushes this last March. Two took right off and reached a height of 6' this summer. The third was a little slower but did well eventually. All had flowers and berries. Looking forward to next year's crop to turn into some tasty wine.
December 14, 2016
Adams & Johns
UNBELIEVABLY large root systems !!!! Very healthy bear root plants ! Bought 6 sets last year and going back for 8 more sets this year. All flourished well in first season. Only drawback .... need to dig bigger holes. Very Happy to oblige.
February 4, 2017
Sill waiting
Still waiting on fruit, but bush has multiplied like crazy. Many new shoots come up every summer. Maybe I'll get fruit this year.
May 9, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Wow
All I can say is Wow, ordered Adams and Johns and had berries the first year. Very prolific grower, will give you a nice hedge within a year. Berry clusters ripen at different times so you need to watch them and harvest as they ripen.
May 21, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Wow! How could it be any better?
My first time dealing with Elderberry plants. I head read that they have shallow roots & must be watered frequently, so was surprised to see the long (about 18") tap root on the bare root Johns Elderberry plant I received from Stark Bros.
After digging a hole about 24" deep and putting some water in it, my wife held the plant in place while I filled in around it with 1:1 hummus & manure:garden soil, tamped it down & watered it thoroughly. Only required watering 1 time after that. I live in zone 6b.
That first season it grew 4 ft tall & produced 5 clusters of dinner plate sized blossom clusters & then berries!
THIS season so far it is now over 6 ft tall with 15-16 canes, each with a cluster of blossoms growing on them, & I am excited about the coming crop.
For 2-3 years now home made Elderberry syrup has done wonders for my frequent upper respiratory infections, & the same for my wife, Pastor & Choir director that I've shared it with. I bought this plant to supplement the berries I buy on line. I thank GOD for the wonderful medicinal plants He created, & Stark Bros. for making these available.
June 16, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
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