Sambucus spp.
Valuable ornamental and fruiting plants, Elderberries can fit into almost everyone's landscape. We feature several unique and attractive forms of these easy to grow shrubs. Elderberry fruit is used to make juice, wine, baked goods and preserves, and it is also prized by birds and other wildlife. Elderberries are adaptable to a wide range of soils and are not bothered by pests or diseases. Plant two different varieties for best crops.
European Elderberry
Sambucus nigra
Grown and prized for centuries in Europe, these unique varieties grow 8 to 10 feet in height and are hardy to at least minus 20°F. While somewhat self-fertile, planting two different varieties will ensure good crops.
This popular and very productive variety is grown in Europe for fruit production. With dark green foliage and large clusters of creamy white flowers, Allesso is also a fine ornamental shrub. 6103
One of the leading commercial varieties in Europe, this attractive shrub is prized for its abundant clusters of large, juicy and flavorful, bluish-black berries. 6112
A popular European variety, Korsor grows to about 8 feet in height and produces abundant crops of high quality, large dark blue berries. 6115
(Wild Italy #1 cv.) Discovered growing wild in Italy, this unique European Elderberry is one of the best we have tasted. Sambuco™ bears abundant crops of very flavorful, sweet and juicy, jet-black berries, which are great for fresh eating and make delicious preserves and juice. An attractive, easy to grow, compact shrub, it is also prized for its striking display of profuse, white flower in early spring. 6133
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