Elderberry, 'Samdal' European
Sambucas nigra 'Samdal'
Variety description: This cultivar resulted from a research program conducted by the Center for Horticulture Research in Arslev, Denmark. The goal of the program was to produce varieties well suited for juice production. Cross pollinates with other S. nigra, European elderberry cultivars.
In its native Denmark, 'Samdal' is considered an excellent variety and is planted in commercial elderberry fields. Sweet, flavorful berries are borne in large clusters. Bushes are very high yielding and easy to manage, producing new suckers each season which go onto fruit the following year. Old, two-year canes, should be removed in the early spring.
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 6-8'.
Pollination: Partially self-fertile, though yields are increased with another cultivar of S. nigra.
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 3-7.
Plant size: 3 gal. 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.
When we ship: Available for FALL 2016 shipping.
Shipping restrictions: None.
Organically grown by Cricket Hill Garden, in compliance with CT NOFA Farmer's Pledge.