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Elderberry plants (Sambucus canadensis) are truly multi-purpose. Growing your own offers many unique benefits. You can plant several in a row to create an attractive hedge or screen, or you can use them as wildlife attractants that will bring even more natural beauty to your backyard. In spring, an elderberry plant features magnificently scented white flowers and, in summer, it will produce a bounty of dark purple-black berries that you won’t find in many grocery stores. The berries from the elderberry plants we offer can be eaten fresh as long as they are fully ripe, although they are commonly used for making delicious wines, jams, sauces, and pies. You can also use the flowers for making fritters, pancakes, or tea. In addition, you can craft combs, spindles, or pegs from the hard wood and create basketry dyes with the twigs and fruit.
If you have any questions about our elderberry shrubs, or aren’t sure which is right for your growing conditions, simply contact us. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is standing by ready to assist you! Also, if growing elderberry plants is a new endeavor for you, or if you simply want more information, we suggest you browse our Books & Gifts and Resources sections for more details and tips on growing elderberry bushes. Remember, we’re here to help you succeed!The elderberry tree (Sambucus) is also commonly referred to as the elder. It is a flowering plant in the Adoxaceae family. It can be found growing in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Elderberry grows best in areas of high nitrogen levels. They do well in organic compost. It will, however, grow in nearly any type of soil conditions as long as it gets partial to full sun. It is a fast-growing plant that is commonly used for hedge. Elderberries are a food source for birds in northern California. Elder has been used medicinally for decades. In Chinese medicine, it has been crushed into wine and tea and used for rheumatism and traumatic injury. Uncooked berries from this plant are poisonous, but when cooked, they can be consumed by humans.
Elderberries make a perfect privacy hedge or ornamental tree to accent your garden. They grow full but not overly tall. They can be landscaped as a bush or as a small tree. The Elderberry is suited to almost any type of sun. They can grow in the shade, in partial sun, or in full sun. They are not particularly picky about the location or soil type. They prefer soil that is slightly acidic but can grow just about anywhere. They are easy to grow without much fuss and provide beautiful flowers. They make the perfect ornamental but, should you choose to do so, also bear useful fruit.Elderberries are easily adapted to a wide variety of soils ranging from sandy to clay loams with a pH of 6.0 to 6.8. Only poorly drained soils should be avoided. Open fields with full sunlight located away from wooded and other obstruction allowing for ample air movement will decrease negative pressure from insects, disease and bird problems. Although Elderberries are partially self-fruitful, fruit production will increase significantly with cross-pollination. Planting sites should be cover cropped or clean tilled one year prior to planting to eliminate weed pressure during establishment. (Source: www.indianaberry.com)