Elderberry, 'Johns' American
Sambucas canadensis 'Johns
Variety description: Selected from a plot of seedlings grown out by the Nova Scotia Experiment Station in Canada. Large berries and fruit clusters, ripens earlier than 'Adams.' Extremely vigorous.
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: 3 gallon, plant, 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: Our next shipping period is fall 2016. Order and reserve early.
Organically grown by Cricket Hill Garden in accordance to CT NOFA Farmer's Pledge.