Elderberry, American Black (Sambucus canadensis) packet of 50 seeds
Family: Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae)
Hardy to Zones 3 to 9
(Common Elderberry, American Elderberry) Perennial, deciduous, multistemmed woody shrub native to Eastern and Central North America, including Canada and the US, from Nova Scotia all the way to Florida, and west into Iowa and Illinois. This is the wild form that may easily be seen flowering in low places, moist ground and swails in the midwest. It makes very large flowers and is quite common. The berries are considered equal to the European black elderberry in terms of taste and activity, although the great majority of studies have been conducted on the European form, which has been shown to contain a unique antiviral protein. Traditional us of American Black Elderberry (TWM, Native American): Colds, flu, immune enhancement. Source of anthocyanins, bioflavonoids, vitamins and antioxidants. The syrup, tincture or glycerite of these berries is traditionally used (TWM) for treating the common cold and for overall increase in immunity. Cultivation: Seed best planted outdoors or in an unheated greenhouse or shadehouse soon after ripening (summer) to fall for germination the following spring. Plant the seeds in moist, shady area–it is best to plant 1/2 inch deep in rich soil in flats or in gallon pots, as they take a long time to come up, and control is needed. If outdoor treatment is not possible, give 70 days warm, moist conditions (70 degrees F), then refrigerate for 90 days, then plant in greenhouse or outdoor conditions. If you soak the seeds before planting, do not be alarmed when the seeds float–floating elderberry seeds are viable! Outdoor conditions are preferred–do not try to grow indoors in a bright window–oscillating temperatures are required. Sow seeds in very rich and composty soil medium–do not use sterilized medium–alive soils stimulate germination and mycorrhizal associations may begin early on. Once germinated, the seedlings grow rapidly.Grow out in a shaded place in pots for a year before transplanting to final location. Space trees at least 15 feet apart.
50 seeds/pkt, in dried berries, certified organically grown