‘Johns’ Elderberry


‘Johns’ Elderberry

Sambucus canadensis Up to 10' tall. (‘Adams No. 1’ or ‘Adams No. 2’ x open-pollinated) Nova Scotia Experiment Station, 1954.

Dangling clusters of edible purple-black berries ripen in late summer on this broad vigorous multi-stemmed shrub.

Very vigorous. One particular cutting in our garden grew five feet in one summer and had berries and flowers at the same time late into the summer. Z3. Maine Grown. (1-3' bare-root plants)

544 ‘Johns’
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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.