Sambucus species

Find several varieties of elderberries here!

Elderberries are probably the easiest to grow and care for of all the fruits and probably the most consistently productive.  The blossoms and berries have been used for centuries in cultures throughout the world. They have many edible and medicinal purposes.

How to Grow

Shrubs prefer full sun but will tolerate some shade. They prefer soil with good organic content and good drainage. They are prolific, very heavy bearing and easy to grow. Suckers or shoots will easily root.

How to Use

In the landscape: They make great informal deciduous hedges or accent plants. The hollow stems have many uses including making flutes, popguns, fences. The berries are used in dyes. Birds love them. We offer many elderberry varieties that are beautiful ornamentals that also produce large crops of edible fruit.

In the kitchen: The magnificent June white flowers can make Elderflower cordials or can be dipped in a pancake batter to make fritters. The fruit is higher in vitamin C than oranges and prized for pies, jellies, tea and of course wine, champagne or brandy. They are very high in anti-oxidants. Teas are used in baths and for many herbal treatments.

For Your Health: Used for centuries in folk medicines, Elderberries both
the most tested S. nigra and the S. canadensis are high in anthrocyanins and Vitamin A and C. Elderberry syrup is used to treat colds and flu and to boost the immune system.


Items listed on the website are what we have available this season. Items appearing in the Raintree catalog that are sold out do not appear on the website. If you are interested in reserving a sold out item for next year, call us at 1-800-391-8892.
LATE PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS: If you live in an area where temperatures are now often above 75 degrees, it is too warm to plant bare root plants. You can call us and reserve for next season. For those of you in cooler areas, our bare root plants area dormant in cold storage and are in great condition to dig in and grow for you.

We advise soaking the roots for 24 hours before planting.
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