Elderberry, 'Ranch' American
Sambucas canadensis 'Ranch'
Drought tolerant. This hardy plant seems to be most tolerant to harsh conditions. The stockiness provides a lower fruiting canopy. Single stemmed. Tends to grow upright and is not bushy. Grows well on less fertile soils. Developed at University of Missouri Extension and released in 2013. Late season ripening.
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: 2 qt. pot 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.
When we ship: Spring 2020.