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Description

Thrives in wet soil. Elderberries delight in wet, spongy sites where most plants won’t make it. Petite lemon-scented flowers appear in June (and make delightful tea). The purple-black fruit grows in cymes (large clusters featuring mini-branchlets that bear the fruit), making them easy to access and harvest. Grows well in partial shade. Exquisite for jelly, pie, wine, syrup and tinctures. Spreads by root suckers to form colonies (free plants!). Rejuvenate by cutting to within 4” of the ground every five years. Ripens in August. Best pollinator: any other elderberry variety. Note: This is a propagated wild berry and not a cultivar. Sambuca canadensis. Photo courtesy of B. S. Roberts.

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Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Small
Ripens/Harvest August
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Moist
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
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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.

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.

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