Sambucus canadensis4-10' x same. (Ezyoff x Adams No. 2) NY Ag Exp Stn, 1964.
An old reliable, considered by some to be the largest-fruited and heaviest-bearing cultivar. In most of our Maine trials, this shrub is more compact than Adams No. 1, topping out at 4-5', but we’ve seen a 10' specimen growing on a compost pile. Persistent and will bear well for many years alongside other varieties.
Heavy clusters of mildly tart large berries that ripen after Adams are easy to pick and excellent for jam, jelly, wine and pie. Bright green foliage on a rounded shrub. Z3. Maine Grown. (1-3' bare-root plants)
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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.