Small tree/large shrub produces loads of tasty berries famous for pies and wine.
Creates privacy without shading out vegetables.
Glossy pinnate leaves frame dinner-plate size clusters of tiny white edible flowers with a scent of honey.
Many medicinal uses: strongly antiviral--research shows it prevents or shortens flu. Antioxidant. Likes moisture. Tolerates partial shade.
By request, we are now carrying the standard species.
BOTANICAL NAME Sambucus nigra
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS:Seeds need a moist chilling period in a dark place before they will sprout - a jar with something moist (moss, cotton) but not wet stored in the refrigerator (not freezer) for 4-6 weeks will do this. Or, plant in a pot and set outside in summer, leaving the pot outside for germination the next spring. Prepare the permanent spot as you would any perennial crop. A streamside plant--make sure moisture is available for best yield.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Zones 3-10/Height 12'/Matures 3 years