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York Elderberry
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York Elderberry

Smaller shrub with juicy fruit.

Enjoy lots of juicy berries on a more manageable shrub. These new cultivars from Denmark grow just 6-8 ft. tall. In early summer, the vigorous plants are covered with gorgeous tiny white flowers. They produce large clusters of small purple-black berries in late summer. The nutritious berries have high anthocyanin content and are excellent made into jams, jellies, juices and cordials. Plant two varieties for improved pollination. Zones 3-8.



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  • Botanical Name: Sambucus canadensis 'York'
  • Height: 12 - 14 feet
  • Spacing: 6 - 8 feet
  • Light Required: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Pollinator: Self-pollinating
  • Blooms: Early Summer
  • Fruit: Juicy, sweet, purplish-black berries.
  • Zone: 3 - 9 (-30° F.)
  • Flower Form: Large creamy white flowers.
  • Soil Requirements: Thrives in most soils.
  • Growth Rate: Fast growth rate.
  • Pruning: During their first three years of life, elderberries should not be pruned except to remove dead or damaged limbs. However, once an elderberry bears canes more than three years old, these less-productive canes should be removed to make way for younger, more fruitful canes to grow.
  • Comments: Excellent berry size, largest of all. Lovely fall foliage. Bright white flowers in the spring. Highest of all in Vitamin C. Excellent pollinator for other elderberries. Can bear as early as the second year. Last to ripen. The elderberry has been used for myriad medicinal purposes for millennia. The berries and flowers are used in home-made wines. Dried elderberries and their blossoms are used in tea, which reputedly helps to reduce fever and improve digestion. The fruit is high in vitamin C. The flower-tops possess a mild floral flavor and are often used in pancakes, or dipped in batter & fried. The Joy of Cooking recommends combining the fruit with rhubarb in cooking (it also recommends cooking the flowers with gooseberries). The American goldfinch, brown thrasher, gray catbird, northern mockingbird, and yellow warbler nest in elderberries (Ortho: 32-33). The berries are eaten by the pileated woodpecker, mockingbird, gray catbird, brown thrasher, American robin, bluebird, thrush, cedar waxwing, northern and orchard orioles, tanager, black-headed and evening grosbeaks. Butterflies visit elderberry flowers for the nectar.

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