Elderberry – Sambucus canadensis 1’-2’ rooted cutting, $8 each, 3 for $18. Elders are serious growers! They can grow shoots of 9’-10’ in a single seasons and be absolutely covered in berries. In mid-summer they are filled in large white flower heads that attract all sorts of pollinators.
The berries are favorites of birds, but it usually no problem to share the harvest with them. Uses vary, but include making pies, jams, candies, syrup, cough medicine, juice, drying, and wine. Elderberries have powerful immune boosting qualities and are traditionally known as protectors of gardens.
The stems have a soft pith for their core and can easily be hollowed out to make flutes and maple syrup taps. Caution: Stems should be dried before using, as green stems are poisonous.
Elderberries can grow just about anywhere, they prefer rich, moist soils. They are cold hardy to at least -30 F. Plant two varieties for best pollination, though some individuals have no problem self-pollinating.
We are offering 3 varieties of Elder. Please indicate which varieties you would like.
‘York’ – Self pollinating, very large berries. One of the oldest and most productive varieties. Originating from New York. Able to bear fruit on new wood, so it can be cut to the ground every year.
‘Adams’ – Productive and vigorous. Adams can be a strong pollinator for other types of American Elderberry.
wild seedling – Smaller berries than cultivars, but highly productive.