Ranch Elderberry

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Ranch Elderberry Bush (Sambucus canadensis 'Ranch') is a smaller, more compact selection of native American Elderberry makes the fruit easier to harvest` An excellent anti-viral use to fight colds and flu, Elderberry is great for making wines and preserves and is considered a superfruit!

The big fluffy, flat-topped blooms are comprised of loads of tiny little white blossoms! These are a favorite among butterflies, bees, and beneficial insects! The tropical-looking foliage is long and comprised of many smaller leaflets that form and fill out fast! In August or September, the berries form and are highly desirable to songbirds and wildlife!

You'll get far more fruit per shrub when you plant Ranch with another Sambucus canadensis variety like Adams, or American native Elderberry bushes. That means more fruit for jams and medicinal preparations and more fruit for your songbirds and wildlife!

The Ranch Elderberry Bushes are hardy and adaptable throughout USDA growing zones 3 through 9. These shrubs form compact 5-6 feet in mature height and width, growing fast and slowly spreading by suckers that are easily controlled with pruning.

Planting and Application:

Ranch Elderberry is great for screening and privacy, the tropical leafy foliage makes ideal informal hedges! Edible gardening shrubs are ideal double-duty shrubs with delectable clusters of berries that hang heavy each late summer. These are great flowering ornamentals with loads of superfruit that taste great in syrups, jam and dried for tea!

These bushes fill out in medicinal and frilly flowers that are great as backdrops in pollinator gardens and the fruiting shrubs are also great along the north end of your veggie or kitchen garden! These are great wildlife and songbird shrubs and ideal shelterbelts and windbreaks that carry 3 seasons of interest. Elderberry fruit forms large clumps that spread slowly via suckering growth, these create their own natural groves!

These suckering shrubs are fantastic at holding back eroding slopes and stabilizing banks, handling more moisture as well as xeric sites alike! You'll easily create naturalized groupings, wildlife habitats, and sunny woodland areas.

  • Flat Clusters of White Blossoms
  • Big Clumps of Black Berries
  • Tropical Green Foliage
  • Great Pollinator, Songbird & Wildlife Shrubs
  • Hedges, Informal Screens & Shelterbelts

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Elderberry bushes prefer moist soil and full sun, but are tolerant of a wide variety of soil conditions and even partial shade (but you'll have significantly fewer flowers and fruit). Provide a mulched location and regular water their first year, but once established, Elderberry bushes are somewhat drought tolerant, fast and easy to grow!

Elderberry flowers and fruits on old wood (last year's wood) so wait until the flowers fade before pruning. But since this can remove any fruit that would later form, so instead, it is recommended you renewal prune every 3-4 years.

  • Full Sun Shrubs
  • Moist Well-Drained Soil
  • Highly Adaptable
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Fall Color!

Ranch Elderberry Bushes are fantastic, compact edible, and medicinal plants that are a huge boost to pollinators, birds and wildlife in your area! Order your own ornamental edible Elderberry bushes today at NatureHills.com!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

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Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Ranch Elderberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Sambucus canadensis 'Ranch'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Adaptable to Most Soils
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Creamy White
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes