color: White, large clusters
Bloom time: June
Clusters of dark-blue fruit
Size: 10' to 12' tall and wide
Shape: Upright shrub
Uses: Accent plant, shrub border. hedge or
naturalistic planting. Attracts birds.
Hardiness: Zones 3-9
Native: to eastern North America
York Elderberry is a large plant that produces the largest size and quantity of
fruit of all the Elderberries. Be sure to give it lots of room if planted in
rich garden soil. It will stay smaller when placed in wildlife
plantings where it may have to compete with grasses and other
plants. The fruit is used for juices, jellies, jams and pies. It is very high in Vitamin C and often used in cold remedies. Adams Elderberry is wonderful planted in an orchard, as a hedge or shrub border, and in naturalized plantings. Fruit production is increased when planted with 'Adams'
Elderberry. Very winter hardy to Zone 3.
What you'll receive:
2-year, field-grown plants with 12 to 18-inch long stems and
shipped bareroot (no soil or pot)
and dormant (no foliage). Learn more about
Shipping: $0-$75=$12.00, $75.01-$125=$15, $125.01-$200=$20, >$200=10% of total. Shipped UPS Ground in
spring from early April through mid May.
About Elderberries: Elderberries are hardy,
native shrubs that have great ornamental and fruiting value.
They produce beautiful, large, white flower heads in the spring
that are followed by large clusters of blue-black berries
in late summer. They are relished by birds and are an important
food source for fruit-eating birds like Robins and Cedar Waxwings.
At least 120 species of bird eat the fruits of Elderberries!
The berries also make great jelly, jam, pie, juice, syrup
or wine. Elderberries fruit more heavily when you plant two
different varieties close together, such as Adams and York.
They do well in sun or part shade and prefer moist, well-drained
soil. They are easily pruned to shape.
Elderbery fruit makes incredible juice and jellies that have
wonderful flavor and are very high in Vitamin C. One of our
customers refers to the juice as "the nectar of the gods."
Grows in full sun to part shade in moist, garden soil. Space
4 to 5-feet apart. Prune in late winter to desired shape and
size. To control size, you can cut them back to the ground
each year, as they bloom on new and old wood.
What's a "bareroot" plant?
is a term that describes how a plant is shipped to you. A
bareroot plant is not in a pot, and is usually dormant (not
actively growing). See the photo to the right that shows what
a bareroot rose looks like. The bareroot plants that we ship
to you were harvested in the fall and placed in cold storage
over the winter to keep them dormant. In the spring, we ship
the bareroot plants to our customers, from early April through
Bareroot plants are easy to grow. We include planting instructions
with your order. When you receive your plant, take it out
of the packing material and place it in a bucket of water
so that the roots are completely covered. Let the roots soak
for 4 to 24 hours, then plant it in your garden. Full planting
instructions with photos are available on our planting