Grow Your Own Red-Hot Elderberry Bushes
You've probably heard about the healing powers of Elderberry for cold and flu. Scientists are continuing to study their efficacy against pathogenic bacteria as well as influenza viruses.
But did you know that Elderberries grow on an attractive, lush plant that can be kept as either a bushy shrub or small tree. Add Elderberry plants both for their superfruit, and for their highly decorative attributes in the landscape.
Beautiful clusters of flowers are held in lavish profusion in early summer. With a pollination partner, the star-shaped blooms develop into heavy clusters of downturned, jewel-toned berries.
Harvest, prep and cook your own remedies for a pick-me-up that makes you feel proud! Never eat raw Elderberries, as they must first be prepped and cooked for safety. Remove all of the stems, then cook the raw berries with sweetener for syrup or medicinal purposes.
Health Benefits of Sambucus
Elderberries are now widely touted for their medicinal value. Great Granny was right...the dark fruit can be decocted into tinctures and syrups as a spring tonic.
Please have a care if you choose to prepare your harvest, as there are steps that must be followed to remove the stems from the berries. Read all about preparing Cold and Flu remedies at our Garden Blog.
"How Large Do Elderberries Get?"
Study the Plant Highlights on each Elderberry product page to see the mature height and overall plant size. However, you'll be pleased to know that it's easy to keep versatile Elderberry plants size smaller with pruning!
Even with larger varieties, you can grow large Elderberries as a tree or bush. You can keep them smaller with regular pruning.
For small space gardens, try dwarf Elderberry cultivars. Lemony Lace® Elderberry stays tightly compact, and features golden foliage.
Columnar Black Tower Elderberry makes a dramatic showpiece in a tight area. You'll love the dark foliage, pink flowers and dark berries, too!
Elderberry Makes a Very Useful Hedge
Modern life can be a bit trying sometimes, can't it? Hide an inconvenient view quickly and easily with an Elderberry hedge!
Most Elderberries grow quickly. Call them large shrubs or small trees, and think of them as free-form, sculptural plants to shape as you like.
Let their branches grow out and use them as an Elderberry hedge along your fence line. You'll enjoy a showy privacy screen without a long wait!
Prune up the lower branches each to show off their multi-stemmed form as a small tree. They make a pretty anchor custom-fitted into a courtyard planting bed.
However you choose to keep Elderberries, you'll be doing Mother Earth a big favor with your choice! With wide clusters of white flowers, native American Elderberries like York and Johns support local butterflies and beneficial pollinator populations.
Plant More Than One for Pollination
Elderberries have been grown for the bluish-black fruits that are exceptionally rich in healthy antioxidants, polyphenols and Vitamin C. Cooked fruits are used in wines, juices, jellies and jams.
Native Americans and Europeans have both used Elderberry to boost their immune system and fight off seasonal colds and flu. Sambucus canadensis is the North American native; while Sambucus nigra like Black Lace Elderberry, is the European native.
There are approximately 20 to 30 species of Elderberries in the genus Sambucus. You'll need to include at least two Elderberries from the same species to cross-pollinate so they start producing fruit.
A Sambucus canadensis will not cross-pollinate a Sambucus nigra. However, cultivars in the same species will cross-pollinate each other.
The Elderberry is also grown for its ornamental value in the landscape. Elderberry varieties have colorful leaves and unique shapes to beautify the landscape.
So go ahead and enjoy the range of options, including fabulous golden tones, pink berries, purple fine-cut foliage and more that modern breeders are introducing for sale through our online storefront!
Reasons to Grow Elderberries in a Food Forest
Elderberry and deer are a match made in Heaven, so be sure to protect yours in areas with heavy deer pressure. Spray repellent on all new plants in deer country, and reapply according to the label.
Songbirds enjoy them, too! Include Elderberries to provide shelter and fruit for birds in your neighborhood.
What you can't harvest, the birds will take. In fact, you'll be racing the birds for your fair share...so keep your eyes on the prize as the berries turn purple.
Elderberry Planting Tips
In the right plant growing conditions, Elderberries are wonderfully easy-care! Baby them with consistent water, and they ought to do fine...even for beginning gardeners!
The best possible planting site for most Elderberry plant growing conditions is in rich, loamy soil. Many cultivars, including Golden Elderberry prefer full sun, with at least six hours of direct light a day.
However, York Elderberry plants do fine in partial shade or full sun. Study your landscape for sun conditions, as partial shade is no more than four hours of sunlight a day.
How to Grow an Elderberry Orchard
You'll love how adaptable the venerated Elderberry bush or shrub is all across most of the United States. Both cold-hardy and heat tolerant, these superfruit shrubs are grown throughout the country in most USDA Plant Hardiness Zones to rave reviews.
Caring for Elderberry bushes starts with proper site selection. Study the Plant Highlights for the mature height and width, and give them the room they need.
Tough Elderberry bushes can tolerate different soil conditions, but they do not tolerate drought conditions for long. Keep them happy and healthy with a moderate amount of water on a regular basis.
Elderberry plants do well in many soil types. However, they prefer loamy, well-drained soil that doesn't stay soggy for long.
Add a three-inch layer of mulch to help keep weeds at bay under your plants. The shallow roots don't like competition.
How to Trim Elderberry Bushes for a Fruitful Harvest
Start pruning Elderberry bushes when they are 3 to 4 years old. Cut them back if the plant gets to be too large for the location.
Trim your Elderberry shrubs by removing dead canes. After fruiting, rejuvenate older shrubs with renewal pruning to maintain a good fruit set.
Remove canes that are older than 3 years to encourage new growth and more fruitful canes. Simply cut the oldest, thickest stems out at ground level...taking care to give thanks for these special plants as you do so!
A mature Elderberry shrub can produce roughly six pounds of fruit on average. Some years will be bigger and better than ever!
Once considered an old-fashioned remedy, Elderberry now is having a "it moment" once again. Turns out, there is an incredible amount of antioxidants in the brilliant, dark purple berries!
We offer high-quality Elderberry plants for sale and they sell out very quickly. Count on Nature Hills to create the landscape of your dreams!
Click the photos to learn more, or call our plant experts at (888) 864-7663. Nature Hills is here to order Elderberries for your landscape today!