Ranch American Elderberry tends to be more compact and upright. Shorter plants make for easier harvesting, and this plant might be good fit for a “You Pick” operation. Tolerates marginal or less fertile soils.
Latin Name: Sambucus canadensis
Site and Soil: American Elderberries like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Plant with another American Elderberry variety for cross-pollination.
Hardiness: American Elderberry is hardy to minus 30° F.
Bearing Age: 2 -3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 6-8 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: June
Ripening Time: September
Yield: 20+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Elderberries are not bothered by pests or diseases
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: A1-A3, 1-7, 14-17
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-45