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Elderberry, European Black (Black Elderberry) (Sambucus nigra) potted tree, organic

$20.00

Family:  Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 7

(Black Elder, Elder Berry, European Black Elderberry) Perennial, deciduous, multistemmed bush to small tree native to Europe.  Wild form.  The berries are large and tasty. Traditional usage (TWM): Colds, flu, immune enhancement.  Source of anthocyanins, bioflavonoids, vitamins and antioxidants. The syrup, tincture or glycerite of these berries is excellent for treating the common cold and for overall increase in immunity.  Elderberries prefer rich, moist soil in the part shade to sun.  They are best placed as an understory to a higher tree canopy. Cage to protect from deer during first few years of growth.  Space trees at least 15 feet apart.
Potted Plant, seedling, certified organically grown

 

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  1. Question

    Nikoleta keller

    I love in hardiness zone 6a. If I order these plants now do you suggest I plant them this year before the Frost or keep them in pot over the winter. Inside or outside?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Nikoleta,
      These are small seedlings. If you have a greenhouse, I would transplant the seedling up to a gallon and put it in the greenhouse and let it go naturally dormant. After it puts on about 6 inches of growth the following spring, it would be OK to plant out to the landscape. Lacking a greenhouse, get one of our potted gallon-size plants in the spring. They will be $60.00.
      Richo

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    Kat Skye

    do elderberries require planting more than one plant for pollination?

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    • Diana

      Diana

      Our European Black Elderberries are self-fertile.

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  3. Question

    Kim

    Hi, I am in northern WI. So I will be wintering this elderberry indoors now, or after summer next year. So when do you suggest I buy this tree?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Kim,
      I suggest you get the tree in the spring.
      Richo

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  4. Question

    Bobbi

    I live in zone 9B. I am looking at your potted Elderberry trees. If I were to order this now, could I immediately plant outside, the season?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Bobbi,
      Maybe not such a good idea. These are small seedlings and have only one year of growth. My recommendation would be to pot to a gallon and grow on until sufficiently large to survive on the landscape.
      Richo

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  5. Question

    Beth

    Hi,
    I live in Zone 6b and would like to purchase the plant now and grow indoor over the winter until I can plant it outside next spring. Is that doable? I have no greenhouse, only a bay window.
    Also, Is this plant the one that is named “Marge”?

    Thanks

    Beth

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Beth,
      The elderberry would need to go dormant over the winter and wouldn’t go dormant if brought indoors. Our European black elderberries aren’t named “Marge” I don’t think. It would probably be best to get a plant from us in the spring.
      Richo

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  6. Question

    mary

    When is the best time to plant elderberry bushes in Vermont ?
    Im wondering if I could plant now or if its best to wait until spring
    also I have heard you need two bushes of different types of elderberry to pollinate
    thank you
    mary

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Mary,
      If you had a large potted bush you could plant it right now outdoors and it would have time to root in and bud before winter. But if you’re thinking of getting one of our potted plants, they cannot be done this way, as they are too small. They need to be planted up to a gallon on receipt and grown on that way for a year or more before transplanting. The black elderberry are self-fertile.
      Richo

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    • mary

      thank you..yes I was thinking of getting one of yours.
      will it survive the winter in a gallon bucket if I purchase one now?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Mary, It might not, I suggest you get one in the spring, we will still have them I think and they will be just that much woodier and more likely to do well in a spring transplant. richo

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  7. Question

    Nicole Deardorf

    How old is this plant when it is shipped? Is it ready to produce fruit or not yet?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Nicole,
      These are young seedlings as of summer 2019. They must be potted up to gallons on receipt and grown on for a couple of years before fruit may be expected. Large european black elderberries in fruit would cost significantly more.
      r

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    • Liz Slowik

      I hear that elderberry is invasive. Can I grow it in a pot and if so how big and does it need support? Also we get very
      hot summers (zone 9b) so does it need some shade?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Elderberry doesn’t do well in pots after the first couple of years when it is usually grown in 1 to 3 gallon pots. They like to be planted out to cool, moist shade and rich soil. They are not invasive. r

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  8. Question

    Melanie Brown

    How long does Elder take to fully mature?

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      I planted a 2-year-old seedling to the field 3 years ago and it produced a lot of berries this year, so in that case, 5 years. Elderberries grow really fast, and one of the techniques for growing them is to cut back to the crown in the fall of the year. Then, they shoot up about 8 feet and make berries the next year. But this method presupposes a sufficiently well sized plant, which will take some years to establish. Plant some, the years rush forward, and there is no time like now.

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    • Fielder, Carolyn

      Do elderberries grow and produce in zone 8a?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, if you choose Sambucus mexicana. I note that our Sambucus nigra are listed to zone 7 only.

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    • Kathryn

      I purchased two of these from you 3 maybe 4 years ago and every year it gets maybe 6′ tall and bushy looking but then in the summer- before it ever has a chance to flower- it dies back to the ground. It sprouts back up again a few weeks later and grows a less than its initial seasonal growth but it’s never made berries or flowers. Do you know what is wrong or what I could do to try to avoid this happening again?

      PS. The first year I had it in amended clay in full sun, just missing the shade reach of the Paulownia it was under. In spring of the second or third year I transplanted it to a shadier patch under a wild cherry tree where english ivy, nettles, mayapples, calendula, yarrow are growing. It is growing in a spot of unused woodchips that had decomposed there for 2 years prior to the planting. This is where it currently sits. It still gets about 6-8 hours sun spring-fall.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      The plant requires plenty of nitrogen especially in the spring. give chicken manure all around the base and keep it well-watered in and you won’t have these issues.

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    Angela Ferris

    How old are your elderberry plants?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      We had just a few 3-year-olds in gallon pots that we listed this year. They are very nice and very close to sold out. I have a great number of seedlings coming on, it will probably be another year before we list them. Richo

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    • Rita Jensen

      So no stock will be available for spring 2019, right?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Looks like these are again sold out, we will have them again in spring 2020. Richo

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    • Stacey

      How big do these grow? And as seedlings, are they okay kept in pots outdoors and then moved indoors during winter months?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Mine seem to top out at about 20 feet tall. It is generally better to leave the plants outdoors albeit somewhat protected as opposed to indoors–they need the cold dormancy. r

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    • Linda

      I ordered one of these small trees about 3 years ago and it grows vigorously and is so happy but it has yet to produce any berries. Do you know when will my plant fruit? Or if I’m doing anything wrong? Does it need another elderberry bush?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      The flowers come in the spring. The tree is probably still too young to fruit. Keep it fertilized and watered and the flowers will come, then the berries. r

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