Elderberry Plants – Sambucas Nigra
The common Elderberry plant is Sambucas Nigra or ‘Black Elderberry’ a small deciduous shrub whose berries are used to make elderberry wine. Elderberry plants are also grown as ornamental plants in the garden and are frost tolerant. Full sun and a well drained humus rich soil will provide the best results for growing Sambucus nigra (black elderberry) Plants are available for sale from Mail Order Nurseries,
Elderberry or Sambucas Nigra. A small tree or shrub with white flower in spring followed by berries. The common elderberry is a useful garden plant as well as providing the berries for making elderbery wine.
These plants are relatively easy to grow in the cooler parts of Australia.
Growing Conditions and Care
All varieties require a moist humus rich fertile soil. Elderberry trees (shrubs) will eventually reach 5 – 6 m and come into full production about 3 years after planting. Flowering in summer with pretty cream flowers followed by black berries ready to harvest in late summer to early autumn. The berries are used to make wine.
Consider growing, Sambucus nigra Laciniata – A better ornamental form than the the common form (Sambucus Nigra) larger flowers and it still fruits, along with Sambucus nigra Aurea (Golden Elder) and Sambucus nigra ‘Guincho Purple’ the three grown together should give excellent cross pollination, better flowers and better berries.
Elderberry plants are available for sale from the following nurseries
'Justly famous for rare and unusual plants' Don Teese
34 Mt Pleasant Rd Monbulk VIC 3793
412 James Lane, Fern Hill VIC. 3458 - Phone 0419002651
Large range of Rare plants, Climbers, Bulbs, Perennials Fruit Trees, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. Available both Retail and by Mail Order