"Sambucus canadensis"



Easy to grow, the large bushy Elderberry produces showy bunches of white flowers and then with bitter bluish-black fruits best used in juices, jellies and jams or even left for the birds.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 8-11
Chill Hours: -
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen in Florida conditions, Deciduous in temperate climates
Plant Type: Perennial
Pollinator: Cross-pollinated but consider Self Fertile in Florida conditions
Blooming Season: Spring-Fall
Ripening Season: Late Summer-Mid September
Years to Bear Fruit/Edible Qualities: Will produce first year, second year harvest will be better.
Full Size: Bushy, multi-stemmed growing 10' high
Cold Tolerance: Cold Tolerant
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Drought Tolerance/Watering: Some drought tolerance. Add organic matter/mulch to retain moisture. For initial planting water every day to every other day and then gradually begin water 2-3 times per week after initial planting
Soil & Site Requirements: Prefers rich, moist & well drained soil, will tolerate varied soil conditions. Organic matter should be added to sandy soils and drought should be avoided.
Links: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/elderberry/planting-elderberry.htm