Cricket Hill Garden

Elderberry, 'Bob Gordon' American

$ 28
Sambucas canadensis 'Bob Gordon'

Variety description: The 'Bob Gordon' elderberry was identified and collected from the wild by Robert Gordon, Charlotte Cooper, and Andrew Thomas near Osceola, MO, on September 29, 1999. The berries are dark purple, ripen uniformly in the cymes, and are resistant to shattering. This cultivar has become a favorite of both home gardeners and commercial growers. 

Site requirements: Elderberries grow best in a full sun location with fertile, moist soil. In the wild, they are often found on the margins of swamps and the edges of ponds. They are quite adaptable and will grow in poor, drier sites provided that the roots are well mulched.

Size at maturity: Multi-stemmed shrub reaches 6-12'.

Pollination: Partially self-fertile, though yields are increased with another cultivar of S. canadensis.

Pests and diseases: No insects or diseases are of concern in the Northeast. Birds relish elderberries and will strip berry clusters clean if shrubs are not netted.

Hardiness: Will grow in USDA zones 3-9.

Plant size: Well rooted plant, 2 qt., about 18" tall with a well developed root system. Will likely produce fruit the second season in the ground if given good care. 
When we ship:
 Summer or Fall 2021

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