Black Elderberry Sambucus nigra
Perennial, deciduous, multi-stemmed bush to small tree native to Europe. Wild form. The berries are very tasty, and about twice as big as the berries of other species.Hardy to -30 degrees F.
Difficult to find.. These elderberry seeds will produce trees that give berries that are rich in anthocyanins, bioflavonoids, vitamins and antioxidants.
Certified organic, 50 seeds in dried berries/pkt.
Planting & Care
Soil & Water: Prefers moist, acidic soil of forest or shade garden. Elderberries are best placed as an understory to a higher tree canopy. Will also grow in full sun if the roots are kept cool and moist. It's probably a good idea to grow 3 trees for pollination purposes.
Planting & Growing: Soak overnight in cool water, smash in a tea strainer and flush with water to reveal seeds. Do not plant seed without removing fruit tissue. Sow closely together in rich soil in pots or flats. Bury 1/4 inch deep and tamp securely. Keep in a cool, moist outdoor shade conditions. Grow in pots for one year before transplanting into garden space. Additions of nitrogen are useful.
Harvesting & Storage: Flowers generally appear in year 3. Flowers turn rapidly into heavy clusters of fruits. Harvest seed in the fall months. Other parts of plant are considered poisonous.