Cricket Hill Garden
Elderberry, 'Goodbarn' American
Sambucas canadensis 'Goodbarn'
Introduced by Elwyn Meader of Rochester, N.H. Professor Meader named this Goodbarn because it was the good elderberry growing under the eaves of his barn in New Hampshire.
Professor Meader introduced many new varieties of fruits and vegetables over his long career. Read more about him here.
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: 1 qt well rooted plant, about 18" tall with a well developed root system. Will likely produce fruit the second season in the ground if given good care. Organically grown by Cricket Hill Garden in accordance to CT NOFA Farmer's Pledge.
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