Johns Elderberry



Johns Elderberry

(4 customer reviews)


Johns Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is a classic variety, offering clusters of rich, flavorful berries. Its fruits are perfect for jellies, pies, and medicinal preparations. The plant’s ornamental appeal, with its lustrous leaves and fragrant flowers, enhances garden aesthetics, making it a blend of utility and beauty.

6-12″ Bareroot

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Requirements and Tolerances

Cold Tolerance: USDA Zone 4-9
Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
Water Requirements: Moderate, consistent moisture
Soil Type: Well-drained
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Plant Spacing: 6-12′ apart
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Chilling Hours: None
Heat Tolerance: Moderate

Physical Characteristics

Rootstock: Own Roots
Plant Size: 6-12′ tall, 6-12′ wide
Growth Habit: Upright, multi-stemmed
Foliage Color: Green
Bloom Time: June-July
Flower Color: White
Fall Color: Yellow-green
Berry Size: 0.25″
Berry Flavor: Sweet, tart
Berry Color and Appearance Dark purple, glossy

Growth and Reproduction

Growth Rate: Moderate
Years to Bear: 2-3
Lifespan: 30-50 years
Pollination Requirements: Requires cross-pollination
Pollination Mechanisms: Insects (bees)
Harvest Time: August-September
Yield & Storage: High, store in a cool, dry place

Disease Resistance

Toxicity: Non-toxic
Invasive Potential: Low
Native Range: Eastern North America
Nitrogen Fixing: No
Cytospora Canker (Cytospora spp.): Moderately Resistant
Powdery Mildew (Erysiphe sambuci): Moderately Resistant
Armillaria Root Rot (Armillaria mellea): Moderately Resistant
Verticillium Wilt (Verticillium spp.): Moderately Resistant
Elderberry Borer (Desmocerus palliatus): Moderately Resistant
Aphids (Aphidoidea): Moderately Resistant

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 1 × 1 in
Hardiness Zone

4, 5, 6, 7, 8



4 reviews for Johns Elderberry

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  1. Terry D Yates (Verified Customer)

    Fantastic plants with good strong roots. Fast shipping!

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  2. Daryl Rodgers (Verified Customer)

    Nice, healthy plants. Outstanding nursery.

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  3. Danielle L. (Verified Customer)

    Fast and careful shipping. Can’t wait to enjoy these bushes.

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  4. Jane H. (Verified Customer)

    I received a healthy plant that was well packed and moist!

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