Cuttings are taken in winter and shipped Jan-April
| 1 unrooted cutting, not a rooted plant |
We are so pleased you want to grow your own elderberry bushes from cuttings.
Its easy, fun and rewarding!
Choose from our 20+ varieties, all grown at our farm in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Read "how to grow" tab for tips!
So we wish you abundant harvests of food and medicine like elderberry syrup or wine and elderflower tea and gin n' tonics!
Elderberries certified organic by NOOA 04-334
Sambucus canadensis (aka Sambucus nigra. ssp canadensis) -Native to Canada/US
Bob Gordon is one of the best for flavour and high brix (sweetness). It ranked as the heaviest producer in trials at the university of Missouri. Identified and collected from the wild by Robert Gordon, Charlotte Cooper, and Andrew Thomas near Osceola, MO in 1999. Added bonus is the berry clusters hang decumbently which discourages birds from having an easy snack! Semi-determinate to determinate.
Ranch is the earliest of the Midwest varieties to ripen. Very vigorous and heavy yielding, it does well in poor soils and is the quickest to root from cuttings. Stems are strong and upright. Bushes are quick to establish. An all around impressive variety - our current favourite! Strongly determinate.
Wyldewood is the most widely grown variety in the Midwest. Selected from the wild by Jack Millican near Eufaula, OK, in 1995. Excellent for harvest and processing with good flavour. Fruit set is reliable and prolific, although harvest can be quite late here in Canada. This variety is completely indeterminate, and will continue to produce flowers until frost kills the plant – it is possible to still see fresh flowers in December!
Adams is an older variety originating in 1926 in New York, selected from the wild by William Adams. Tall variety which has good yields and large clusters. Ripens early but produces a lot of flowers as it is indeterminate.
York is a cross between Ezyoff and Adams 2 done in 1926. Plant large / productive; berry clusters heavy and berries are quite large. Early ripening for us, although other sources say it is a late ripener. Vigorous and bears well for many years.
Nova Seedling of Adams 2 released in 1960 from research station in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Large fruit, ripens early. Sweeter than Kent and Victoria. Grown by commercial growers in Canada; should tolerate higher latitudes better than some varieties.
Scotia Seedling of Adams 2 released in 1960 from research station in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Large fruit, ripens early. Sweeter than Kent and Victoria. Grown by commercial growers in Canada; should tolerate higher latitudes better than some varieties.
Victoria Seedling of Adams 2 released in 1960 from research station in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Grown by commercial growers in Canada; should tolerate higher latitudes better than some varieties.
Kent Seedling of Adams 1 released in 1960 from research station in Kentville, Nova Scotia. Grown by commercial growers in Canada; should tolerate higher latitudes better than some varieties.
Coomer Developed in Vermont by Lewis Hill. Very cold hardy, ripens uniformly.
Berry Hill was developed in Vermont by Lewis Hill. Very cold hardy, ripens uniformly.
Marge is thought to be a hybrid of a S. canadensis and Haschburg (S. nigra). Marge produces on second year wood. A very heavy producer of small decumbent cymes, and is resistant to eriophyid mite.
Sambucus nigra - Native to Europe
Sampo is particularly suited to juice production. Extremely vigorous high producer with stiff and strong branches. A result of recent breeding efforts from the Research Center for Horticulture in Arslev, Denmark.
Samdal resulted from recent breeding efforts from the Research Center for Horticulture in Arslev, Denmark. Tends not to sucker. Excellent yield and highly vigorous. Pollinates Samyl.
Samyl is a result of recent breeding efforts from the Research Center for Horticulture in Arslev, Denmark. Particularly known for its flavourful flowers. As productive as Samdal. Both are required for pollination.
Haschburg originates from an Austrian breeding program in Klosterneuburg, Austria. It is often cited as the most widely grown elderberry varietal in Germany and Austria. Produces abundant clusters of large juicy and flavourful berries. We are told it has excellent flower flavour as well. We will find out soon!
Haidegg 17 is a particularly outstanding selection from Klosterneuburg, Austria. Cymes significantly larger than Haschburg and Sampo. Full yield reached in a short time. Up to 25t/ha.
Allesso Selection from the wild, Denmark.
Korsor Selection from the wild, Denmark. Flowers are high in sugar content, used in Wines and Cordials.
How to Grow
Hi I'm Elderberry, "Queen of the Forest". I'm one of the easiest plants to start from cuttings out there.
So easy in fact that buying a rooted plant is hardly worth the hassle and higher cost. My cuttings want to live and will grow roots quickly!
So, follow these 10 steps and you're on your way to success!
1. When you receive your new cuttings in the mail place them in the fridge until planting, and ensure the bags remain sealed so that they do not dry out.
2. You may start them directly in the soil in their permanent location or choose to start them early in pots in a greenhouse environment.
3. Place cutting "angled cut side" down with bottom node buried 3 inches or more below the soil; top node must protrude above soil.
4. If starting indoors in pots you can use a fertile mycorrhizae inoculated potting soil, or a soil-like media such as perlite/peat treated with mycorrhizal inoculant. Us elderberries rely heavily on mycorrhizal relationships.
You can also make a biochar slurry to dip the cuttings themselves if you are planting directly in permanent location.
5. Remember - cuttings are happiest when well watered and soil is always sufficiently moist during the rooting period. Cuttings like lots of water.
6. Honestly, first year elderberry bushes do not compete well with grass and weeds.
So ensure we are well mulched in a way that will entirely prevent weeds from interfering with root development.
That's why Jed and Louise use black plastic the first year - which is removed the second year and replace with biological mulch like wood chips. We like that.
7. For good pollination of flowers and good berry set ensure two elderberry varieties. However, we are a bit mysterious - some people do report success with only one variety.
8. As we elderberry can grow to 7-11 ft high and wide (or more if left unpruned!), plant us 6 ft apart or every 2-4 ft for a hedge.
9. Prune to desired size during winter dormancy for ease of harvest.
10. Have fun and be well!