ELDERBERRY SAMBUCUS NIGRA
Please replant your Berry plant either in the ground or in a large pot within a maximum of 2 weeks after purchase
Position:Full sun – will tolerate partial shade
Size : Up to 6 metres – likes to cross pollinate with a second tree but not essential
Soil Type: Loamy to sandy soil with good drainage. Can tolerate clay soil
Watering: Drought tolerant but watering in summer will give a bountiful crop
Mulch: Organic mulch
Pruning: Not necessary – only cut away dead branches
Fertilizing: Slow release fertilizer in spring
We grow the European (Black) Elderberry, Sambucus Niagra which is safe to cultivate and eat and NOT the American Elderberry Sambucus Canadensis which can be slightly poisonous especially when the fruits are not fully ripe.
Elderberries are used for many medicinal remedies. They are exceptional immune boosters and most children’s cough and cold medicines have a base of elderberry. The flowers are an excellent antiseptic as well as a calming eyewash for eye inflammation. The flowers can also be made into an oil and used for burns, sunburn and skin rashes. As a lotion it helps relax sore muscles.
Elderberries are both drought and cold-tolerant. They adapt to almost any soil type and most drainage conditions and have few pests. However watch out for fungal diseases like powdery mildew or leaf spotting. These are treatable with organic treatments from the Kirschoff range.
They should be fertilized in spring with a good slow release organic fertilizer.
In spring, elderberry plants features magnificently scented, showy white flowers and, in summer, produce a bounty of dark purple-black berries.
The fruit is pleasantly tart and exceptionally high in Vitamin C.