Ranch Elderberry

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Great choice for climates with wide temperature swings. Semi-spur-bearing plant, which means lots of production. Has an upright vs. bushy growth habit. Extremely tolerant of non-fertile soils, and is drought-tolerant and cold-hardy. No ladder required for harvesting, as this bush only grows to be 5-6’ tall. Pest- and disease-resistant, especially in the Northeast region. Netting two weeks prior to ripening is necessary to prevent birds from plundering the harvest. Ripens in late August/early September. Best pollinators: Nova or York.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Small
Ripens/Harvest August/september
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 5 - 6' tall.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 5 - 6' apart to ensure room for growth.


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.

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Why did you choose this?
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I have the york and they are very tall, so i wanted a variety and these are bushes.
Jennifer U on Jan 5, 2021
Always wanted a elderberry
Ana E on Aug 27, 2020
I have the york and they are very tall, so i wanted a variety and these are bushes.
Jennifer U on Jan 5, 2021
Always picked wild elderberry and want to try cultivated varieties and see if they produce better
Linda W on Sep 1, 2020
Always wanted a elderberry
Ana E on Aug 27, 2020
Easy to grow & tolerant of a wide variety of weather.
Noelle B on Aug 9, 2020
It has a large amount of fruit (I'm purposely letting the songbirds have some...) and it's said to be tolerant of drought
LAIRD T on Jul 12, 2020
To pair with York elderberry
GEORGE H K on Jul 10, 2020
Zone compatibility
Faye O on Jun 15, 2020
Wanted to be able to raise my own
Rebecca M on May 12, 2020
The berries look massive, and I assume your a reputable business that is charging a little more for a better quality plant that id like to sample.
Sergio K on Mar 19, 2020
To provide a variety of elderberry bushes for the health of the crop.
Cris M on Mar 18, 2020
I???ve been looking for a tree for years.. I just decided to look it up on the Web. Since this Ranch elderberry is a new breed I thought I???ll try it with the Adam & John I order already.. I???m. Expecting a great outcome..
Mary F on Mar 6, 2020
I want to produce my own elderberry syrup an also to freeze. I wanted to buy the compatible elderberry bush but it wasn???t available. The Bob elderberry I think is the name so they can pollinate each other. Thank you.
Rhonda A on Feb 28, 2020
I chose this because I am in an urban environment and have limited space/sun. Seemed like a good thing to try.
Julia M on Feb 19, 2020
It looks more like the ones my grandmother picked that grew wild!
Vivien A on Feb 14, 2020
To pollinate the Wyldewood Elderberry I purchased that is compatible in my zone.
Sandra J on Jan 16, 2020
Columnar variety. Also, need another to pollinate an Elderberry I currently have.
Terri V on Aug 24, 2019
Good for respiratory system.
Barbara K on Aug 21, 2019
I needed a second variety for pollination and size was prime consideration
Roger N on Aug 12, 2019
Heat tolerant & drought resistant
Martha A on Jul 12, 2019
Always picked wild elderberry and want to try cultivated varieties and see if they produce better
Linda W on Sep 1, 2020
Easy to grow & tolerant of a wide variety of weather.
Noelle B on Aug 9, 2020
Do birds eat the berries? If so ???any ideas for protection against this?
Andrea S on Feb 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Birds, especially redwing blackbirds, love these. Don't know about keeping them away. These are a natural food source for them in the wild. You might try netting, but the berries are so small that the birds can probably get them anyway.
Is this elderberry like the native I see in parts of Colorado, new, mexico, Texas? It???s about the same size. Am curious. Very nice heavy setting of berries in this photo! Yum!
Jane S on Jun 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If your looking at the native elderberry plants from the southwest then you are more then likely looking for a Blue Elderberry/ Mexican Elderberry. This is a variant of the American Elderberry/ Black Elderberry.
I have wyldwood elderberry cuttings and Bob Gordon elderberry cuttings going into the ground currently. Do you know of the compatability of the Ranch elderberry crosspollinating with my 2 current types?
Cris M on Mar 18, 2020
How long does The Ranch elderberry take to mature, or bear fruit?
Mary F on Mar 5, 2020
Elderberry seems to need a acidic soil, but in Dallas we have alkaline soil. Will this be a losing battle, or is this plant somewhat tolerant of greater pH?
Cheryl on Sep 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Elderberries grow best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5, but will tolerate a wide range of soil texture, fertility, and acidity.
Why are my elderberries planted last fall have leaf-curl?
Linda S on Jun 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Conduct a soil test to see if you have an iron deficiency that is Besides a nutrient deficiency, lack of water, trunk damage and even planting too deeply can all cause an elderberry to have issues.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How long before it matures?
Mary F on Mar 5, 2020
Hi, the suggested pollinators for this plant don???t do well in my zone. What do you suggest?
Kaylyn S on Mar 5, 2020
Hi, just want to double check- these berries are edible correct? And do they need to be cooked to be eaten?
Kaylyn S on Mar 5, 2020
Do you have 2 or 4 Elderberry Bushes that will cross pollinate eachother in stock at this time?
Karen O on Mar 5, 2020

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