Elderberries are North American native shrubs with large, white flower clusters and big bunches of small, dark berries. Elderberry fruit is known for its immune boosting qualities. Other benefits of the berries, is that they have anti-carcinogen, anti-oxidant properties, and are very high in Vitamin C. A good choice for treating a cold. Fruits are used for wine, juice, and jelly. The flower clusters of the elderberry plant are used as a vegetable that can be dipped in batter and fried as fritters. The elderberry bush has very dependable fruit production due to late bloom in June. It's not bothered by insects or diseases. Quick to grow to mature height of 6-8 ft.
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Commercial fruiting shrub with large berries and clusters, grows to about 6 ft. Used for jam, juice, wine and is sweeter than most other varieties. Self-fruitful, but Nova Elderberry often sets better with another variety. Early ripening. Prefers summer moisture for good fruit development. Resents root disturbance. Orginated in Nova Scotia. Zone 3-8.
Largest berry on big clusters. Berries ripen later than others. Prefers summer moisture to maintain fruit quality. Resents root disturbance. Will produce in part shade and grows 8-12 ft. tall. Self-fertile, but often sets better with a second variety, usually Nova. York Elderberry is from New York, 1964. Zone 3-8.