Johns American Elderberry is a named cultivar known for its larger fruits with clusters which, at a minimum, are 5″ in diameter. Plants are vigorous, growing 10 ft tall. Fruit can be harvested for making elderberry wine and jam, or left on the plant to provide seasonal forage for wildlife. Grow it as a shrub, or cut it back each year and use it as a bold perennial
Latin Name: Sambucus canadensis
Site and Soil: American Elderberries like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Plant Johns with with York or Nova for cross-pollination.
Hardiness: American Elderberry is hardy to minus 30° F.
Bearing Age: 2 -3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: June
Ripening Time: September
Yield: 20+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Elderberries are not bothered by pests or diseases
USDA Zone: 3-9
Sunset Western Zone: A1-A3, 1-7, 14-17
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-45