Elderberries are a native shrub found growing across North America and Europe. They reach 6′ to 10′ in height, and produce large, flat clusters of purple-black berries. The fruit is quite astringent if eaten fresh from the bush, but makes excellent wine, juice, syrup, and the most delicious jelly you’ve ever tasted. The berries are reported to be very high in nutrients and antioxidants. Elderberry syrup is the current cure for all that ails you !!!
The very rapid growing plants will thrive in any type of soil that is moisture retentive, but they do not have much drought tolerance. if you want to grow them on a dry site, mulch heavily and keep well watered.
The bushes have great ornamental value with large clusters of small white blooms in early summer, large berry clusters in late summer, and attractive yellow, orange, and red foliage in fall. They are excellent for habitat improvement for bees, humming and song birds and other animals.
Two different varieties should be planted near each other for proper pollination and one bush can produce up to 20 pounds of fruit. The varieties we offer are cold hardy anywhere in the lower peninsula.
Well rooted plants in 3.5″ pots are priced at $8.00 each.
Adams – is a highly productive variety with very large berries that ripen over a month period.
Johns – has very large berry clusters that ripen earlier than the other varieties. Bush grows a bit taller than other varieties.
Ranch – is a popular variety that only grows to 5′- 6′ tall. It is very cold hardy and tolerant of adverse sites and conditions. Berry size is average and production is very good.