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Adam Elderberry berries

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Mature Height: 5-12' tall
  • Mature Width: 5-12' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Partial Shade
  • Spacing: 5-12' apart


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Adam Elderberry

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Sambucus canadensis 'Adam'

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Why the Adam Elderberry?

Old timer's favorite for making wine and jellies. Heavy producer of large berry clusters. A hardy native plant, easy to grow. Adam Elderberry is a beautiful ornamental tree with captivating deep purple (nearly black) cut-leaf foliage. It will also give you the bonus of flat clusters of pretty pink flowers, which jump out from their shadowy background in summer. The lovely flowers become small purple-black elderberry fruits in late summer that you can turn into jam or wine. Better yet, leave the ripe elderberries for the neighborhood wildlife, and you'll be entertained by the songbirds that will come to relish this special treat.

Elderberry is a fast-growing, medium-sized to large Accent usually found in moist soil. It grows all over the eastern U.S., from Minnesota to Maine and from Texas to Florida. A rich history of myth and legend surrounds Elderberries, dating back to pre-Christian days in Europe. A closely related species growing there was said to have connections to magic, fairies, evil demons, and death. It makes perfect sense, then, that in the Harry Potter series, the most powerful magic wand that ever existed (last owned by Dumbledore) was—what else?—an Elder wand!

How to use in the landscape?

Add a touch of curb appeal with edible interest with the Adam Elderberry! A handsome plant, glossy green leaves nestle sizeable white blooms that appear in clusters come May. Each flower transforms into berry clusters that are ideal for pastries, tea, or even wine. Each elderberry is high in vitamin C, helping to keep your immune system happy and healthy.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 3-9

    Mature Height: 5-12' tall

    Mature Width: 5-12' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Partial Shade

    Spacing: 5-12 apart

How To Plant

Adam Elderberry is happiest in rich, fertile soil that never dries out. It prefers all-day sun, but will do fine with just a few hours of direct sun. You’ll want to plant in multiples for heaviest fruiting—cross-pollination will allow each plant to bear more fruit. Over time, Adam Elderberry will send up suckers around the parent plants; be sure to give them room to spread. Little pruning will be necessary, but if you happen to prune late in the season, don’t destroy the trimmings—native bees may overwinter inside the pithy stems of Elderberry. They emerge in the spring.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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