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Sambucus nigra

Black Elderberry, Common Elder, European Elder

In Stock: 21.748 lb (Total:37.324lb)
  • Sambucus nigra

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 60 days, cold stratify for 150 days
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: if water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required 

Sambucus nigra, also known as Black Elderberry, Common Elder, and European Elder, is a deciduous shrub native to Europe, northwest Africa, southwest Asia, and western North America. This plant produces strongly scented yellow-white flowers in flat-topped clusters in June, followed by shiny black fruits in the late autumn. The flowers are commonly used to add a muscatel flavor to jams, jellies, and drinks. The fruits, when cooked, are delicious in jams, pies, and sauces. The leaves can be used to provide a green coloring to oils and fats. This plant prefers moist, rich soils and grows best as an understory to taller trees. Sambucus nigra is a medicinal plant, and its extracts are used to treat various respiratory illnesses. The plant attracts wildlife and is hardy to zone 5. It requires moist soil but can tolerate maritime exposure and atmospheric pollution. This plant is also grown as an ornamental plant, and variegated and colored forms are available for gardening. Overall, Sambucus nigra is a versatile plant with a variety of uses and benefits.

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