A striking ornamental as well as fruiting plant, Red Elderberry displays showy spikes of bright white flowers in late spring followed by clusters of brilliant red berries in mid-summer. Use these berries to make a tasty sauce or tangy jelly. They must be cooked before eating.
Latin Name: Sambucus racemosa ssp.pubens
Site and Soil: Elderberry likes 1/2 day to full sun and moist, acidic soil.
Pollination Requirements: Elderberry is self-fertile
Hardiness: Red Elderberry is hardy to minus 20° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 8-12 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: May-June
Ripening Time: August
Yield: 30-40 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Red Elderberry is not bothered by pests or diseases
USDA Zone: 5
Sunset Western Zone: A2, A3, 1-6
Sunset Northeast Zone: 34-43