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Elderberry, Blue (Sambucus caerulea) potted shrub

$7.50$50.00

Family: Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae)

Hardy to Zones 5 to 7

(Blue Elderberry, Blue Elder) Deciduous shrub to small tree native to Western US.  Wild form. A pretty tree, tough in the landscape, bedecked in season by lush flowers and then dangling clusters of blue berries, characteristically dusted with white wax.  Elderberry berries are rich in anthocyanins, bioflavonoids, vitamins and antioxidants. Plant prefers shade to sun and likes a lot of water.  Elderberries are heavy nitrogen feeders and will do well under N-fixing trees such as alders, or may be composted in the domestic garden, which really stimulates production of stem, leaf, flower and fruit.  Space trees 15 feet apart.

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  1. Question

    Cheryl McCaslin

    Which elderberry plant will do good in California?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Cheryl,
      Blue elderberry does well in CA, but really wants some elevation.
      Richo

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    • Nicole

      I am in Southern California in growing zone 8b. Would this survive if we put in in a shady spot with good irrigation?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Nicole, Yes, it likes moist feet and plenty of nitrogen. I just got some correspondence on this plant from somebody who has it growing vigorously in a Zone 9. You’re good!
      Richo

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    • Laura

      Would this be OK under a holly? I’m in Portland OR.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Laura, I do think holly and elderberry grow well together. richo

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    • Cynthia Harvey

      Richard,
      Do you need more than one plant for it to produce the elderberry? Also, how big and wide do they get? Thank you ?
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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Cynthia,
      The blue elderberry is self-fertile but does better outcrossing with other trees of similar but not the same parentage. Therefore growing from seeds is very helpful. This might not correspond exactly with the monograph, but my bootstraps estimate is that the tree grows 15 feet tall and easily as wide, more or less.
      Richo

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    • jackalvic

      Can this be grown in TN, 7b?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, these would be a good choice. richo

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