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.
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
Bob Gordon
A unique, new American Elderberry selection found in the wild in Missouri, Bob Gordon features spectacular, 2 foot diameter flower heads followed by profuse, jet black berries. These sweet and flavorful berries are good for fresh eating and make delicious juice, wine and preserves. Bob Gordon is unusual in that it can bear fruit on current season's growth. Cut or mow it to the ground in the fall and harvest fruit the next year. 6104
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
Nova displays huge clusters of creamy white flowers in late spring followed by abundant, very dark blue berries. Nova grows 6 to 8 feet in height and is hardy to minus 30°F. 6125
This valuable variety was found in the wild in Missouri. A more compact plant than most American Elderberry varieties, it is easy to grow and harvest. Ranch is an attractive shrub with very large, early blooming flower clusters and heavy crops of flavorful, dark purple berries. Good for fresh eating, juice, wine and preserves. 6128
(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
York's very large clusters of creamy white flowers in late spring are followed by huge crops of purplish-black, large berries in late summer. York also features lovely yellow fall foliage. A small shrub growing 6 to 8 feet in height, York is hardy to minus 30°F. 6140
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