Wild red elderberry


  • Sambucus racemosa.  Red berried elder plant.
  • Produces NON-edible berries, used as a distraction for birds and landscape addition.
  • Flowers early, ripens fruit when strawberries do.

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Sambucus racemosa. This is a native elder to the middle and northern parts of North America. Note that this is a nonedible type of elderberry, that is, the fruit has a mild toxicity to humans. It is noted in some writings that the blossom can be eaten like the edible elder species flowers, often fried and sugared. The bright red fruits Prefers damp or rich locations, but adaptable. We grow this species in our orchard mainly as a draw for avian species, like waxwings. It fruits near the time of strawberry harvest (much earlier than edible black elderberries), and thus saves the strawberries from predation. Can grow up to 12 feet in rich soil. A good selection for areas too damp for other species. Do note that all elderberry species contain the alkaloid cyanoglycoside sambunigrin, a mild toxin, which is why all elder products like berries or flowers should both be heat processed, and used in small quantities.

Available Services:

Tree Pruning
Proper pruning ensures a healthier tree, improves fruit size and increases fruit yield. Fruit trees should be pruned during winter dormancy. We’ll prune individual trees or an entire orchard.

We offer services for those who would like assistance in planting and/or maintaining trees and help with everything from staking trees to trellising grapes and berries. We will show you the proper procedures for caring for your home orchard or do the maintenance for you.

Custom Grafting
In addition to grafting the fruit trees we sell, we also offer custom grafting services. We can graft a hard to find cultivar, a reproduction from your own tree, or we can graft onto an existing tree on your property. New trees can be sent right away or grown a year here.

We do site visits, help with soil and other tests, and planning. Included are written plans for the implementation and day to day operations of your future of existing plantings. Fees vary according to the extent of the operation. Contact us for further info.

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