‘Goodbarn’ Elderberry


‘Goodbarn’ Elderberry

Sambucus canadensis 5-10' x same. Chance seedling. Elwyn Meader intro, Rochester, New Hampshire.

Professor Meader named this Goodbarn because it was the good elderberry growing under the eaves of his barn in New Hampshire. Another of the many fine plants Elwyn’s son John has brought to our attention. Thanks, John!

Hardy, vigorous with apparent self-fertility. It blooms heavily and produces large crops annually. Dangling clusters of edible purple-black berries ripen in late summer on this broad vigorous multi-stemmed shrub.

Z3. Maine Grown. (1-3' bare-root plants)

543 ‘Goodbarn’
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Considered self-fertile but multiple plants will improve fruit set—it’s okay to mix species.
Plant 4–6' apart. Best in rich soil but adaptable to a variety of soil types. In spring, while plant is still dormant, prune away any weak, broken or dead canes.

Note: Cooking elderberries is essential to breaking down toxic cyanide-inducing glycosides in the seeds. Not for fresh eating.

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About Elderberries.