‘Nova’ Elderberry


‘Nova’ Elderberry

Sambucus canadensis 6-8' x same. Open-pollinated seedling of ‘Adams No. 2’. EL Eaton introduction, AgCanada Research Station, Kentville, Nova Scotia, 1959. Selected in 1946 and named for its province of origin.

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

Large sweet fruit matures early and uniformly. Good for wine, pie and jelly. Ripens a little before York in August. Suckers easily. Z3. Maine Grown. (1-3' bare-root plants)

546 ‘Nova’
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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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