Elderberries are popular for their unusual taste in pies, jellies, and jams. They are occasionally used in winemaking. The plants are very hardy (usually to Zone 4 but some kinds to Zone 3), and because they flower in late June, the crop is seldom damaged by late spring frost.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
elderberry, black elder, European elder
Maximum Reachable Height
5.00 to 8.00 feet
white or cream-colored flowers
June to July
easy to grow
Planting and care
The most difficult problem faced when growing elderberries is weed control. Because they have shallow roots, do not cultivate deeper than 2 inches.
After the first year, it is best to avoid disturbing the soil at all because the slightest injury can damage the fibrous root system or kill one of the new upright shoots.
Use a combination of pulling weeds by hand while they are still small, mowing and mulching to control weeds without disturbing the elderberry roots.
Once you develop a thick hedgerow of plants, elderberries can suppress weeds quite well.
American Elderberry care
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. It s a myth that they prefer swampy areas. In fact, they do not tolerate poor drainage. Plant elderberries in spring, as soon as possible after they arrive from the nursery to prevent plants from drying out.
Full sun to part shade
Medium to wet
Elderberries respond well to fertilization. In addition to incorporating manure or compost before planting, apply additional fertilizer annually in early spring. Apply 1/8 pound of ammonium nitrate (or .5 lbs. 10-10-10) for each year of the plant s age, up to one pound per plant (or up to 4 lbs. 10-10-10).
American Elderberry special feature
Elderberries are one of the easiest and most versatile shrubs to grow in your edible landscape
Elderberries are an excellent general immune system booster
With elderberrys anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it makes sense that it can help sinus issues
Both the flower and the berry have traditionally been used to treat diabetes
Elder has been shown to promote both urination and bowel moments
Elderberry may also help with constipation
The elderberry bush or elderberry tree yields the berries that are commonly used in syrups, jams and wine
Frequently Asked Questions
Do elderberry plants spread?
Yes, These plants spread through suckers to become a dense hedge.
Do elderberry plants need full sun?
Yes, the elderberry plant needs full sun. (more than 6 hrs a day)
Which elderberry plant is medicinal?
Black elderberry is the species best known for its culinary and medicinal uses. Black elderberry's scientific name is Sambucus
Note- please consult your health advisor before application or consuming of plants or plant parts.
What do elderberry plants look like?
Each leaf is 5–30 cm long, and the leaflets have serrated margins. They bear large clusters of small white or cream-colored flowers in late spring; these are followed by clusters of small black, blue-black, or red berries (rarely yellow or white).
Where do elderberry plants grow?
Elderberry grows outdoor where it will get more than 6 hrs of sunlight.
Are elderberry plants easy to grow?
Elderberry plants are very easy to grow.
Are elderberry plants evergreen?
Yes, elderberry plants are evergreen plants and very easy to grow, require low maintenance.
Elderberry tree growing conditions?
To grow elderberry Consider the following points. 1. Sunlight- More than 6 hours of natural direct bright sunlight is required. 2. Soil- Soil or potting mixture should be well-drained, fertile, and nutrient-rich.
3. Water-Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch. 4. Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season(March-September). Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com
Are elderberry plants invasive?
No, Elderberry plants are not invasive.
Thursday, 06 February 2020
It came well packed and is exactly how they show it
Thursday, 28 November 2019
Amazed us with safe and sound delivery
Monday, 25 November 2019
plant was delivered in excellent condition there was no damage .