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An easy-care addition to the edible landscape. Wide clusters of creamy white flowers appear in spring, making wonderful components for bouquets or for dipping in batter and making fritters. If left on the bush, the flowers develop into bountiful bunches of tender, deep purple berries used in jams, jellies, pies, and wines. Being native to North America, these fast-growing bushes also appeal to wildlife, like bees and hummingbirds, as a food source. Cold hardy. Ripens in early August. Best pollinator: any other elderberry variety.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Early August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 6.5
Taste Sweet
Texture Soft
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.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum 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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
We love Elderberry jelly, syrup, and wine. Nova is a companion pollinator for York. And between the two we are going to satisfy those desires!
Marsha L on Apr 22, 2017
Smaller size.
Susan A on Sep 30, 2016
We love Elderberry jelly, syrup, and wine. Nova is a companion pollinator for York. And between the two we are going to satisfy those desires!
Marsha L on Apr 22, 2017
Fast grower and disease resistant
JADA U on Feb 18, 2017
Smaller size.
Susan A on Sep 30, 2016
Already have York and Adams, so adding this increases our homestead diversity!
Ben C on May 21, 2016
Fast grower and disease resistant
JADA U on Feb 18, 2017
Already have York and Adams, so adding this increases our homestead diversity!
Ben C on May 21, 2016
Is this a dog safe plant?
BuddinHealthNut on Nov 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Unripe elderberries contain a toxic alkaloid, as well as cyanogenic glycosides. The plant is listed on the Deerfield Veterinary Clinic and the Pet Education websites as being toxic to dogs.
Do you treat your plants with neonicotinoids?
M K on Feb 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. We prefer to use more earth friendly, softer chemicals like biological fungicides and insecticides, horticultural oil, insecticidal soap, and insect growth regulators. This is not to say we would never use a neonic if we had a problem that required its use, but as a general rule, I would say hardly ever.
How fast do they grow?
Laurie M on Apr 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine grew to about 4 ft the first year with 5 dinner plate size clusters of blossoms & then berries.
The second (this) year, it is over 6 feet with 15-16 canes, all with blossom clusters forming at the end of each cane.
Do I have to cook elderberries before eating?
Steph on Aug 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is best if you do because of the small seeds. The flowers make wonderful fried fritters and the berries area historically know medicine for colds and flu. They make an awesome.e wine and syrup.
Do Elderberry plants have any thorns?
Judy D on Jan 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No thorns. They grow as a dense, multi branched small tree, similar to a serviceberry but much faster growing and much weaker wood. Terrific grower if they have soil that does not dry out.

Customer Reviews

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Excellent Pollinator
I purchased this Nova Elderberry as a pollinator for two exhisting York Elderberry Bushes in my yard. Each year I watched the York bushes produce plenty of flowers but never any berries. The Starkbrothers web site indicated the need for a polinator of a different variety, this spring we had an abundance of fresh berries.
September 11, 2016
over 2 years ago
Fantastic healthy plants that are doing great!
Bought the pair last year and they are doing fantastic. Growing quickly and looking forward to some berries.
May 23, 2016
over 2 years ago
Not a very experienced gardener, but they are growing beautifully!
I ordered Nova and York elderberry bushes early last year. They grew about 4 feet tall the first year, survived a Wisconsin winter and are really taking off this year and looking really healthy! There are some berries beginning to grow already as well.
May 31, 2016
over 2 years ago
Nova elderberry
This plant is growing well. Two previous years I bought them and they didn't survive the winter. These were bigger. Thank you.
May 13, 2016
1 year ago
Great Elderberry
This elderberry is a rapid growth specimen, as well as very healthy looking. It had beautiful large flower clusters this spring.
June 28, 2016
over 2 years ago
My plants looked good for about a month and then they lost their leaves. Thinking maybe it was just some kind of shock or weather related I waited. They died, or seemed to. I waited until winter came and went thinking they would return, they never did
June 18, 2017
1 year ago
I was worried when I received the Nova Elderberries, It was a bad weather year, and I thought they wouldn't make it. They lived and are now three to four feet tall. I am very satisfied with my purchase.
May 17, 2017
over 2 years ago
We received excellent plants and they have exploded with growth & berries! Followed the planting guide and have had great success!
May 3, 2017
over 2 years ago
Nova Elderberry
My Nova elderberry plant arrived well packaged and looking healthy. It has now been in the ground for about 2 months and is producing a lot of new growth
June 22, 2017
over 2 years ago
Easy to grow. Super vigorous plant. It's already taller than me (and I'm not short!)
May 17, 2017
over 2 years ago
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