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(Sambucus niger) European Elderberry
Elderberries have been grown in Australia since the early days of settlement. They produce a flat flower head which then produces a bunch of tart black fruit.
The hardy plants are delivered bare rooted. The should be planted so the roots are at least 3 to 5 cm below soil level. Space multiple plants 2 to 3 metres apart.
They grow well in full sun but are satisfactory in light shade, particularly in hotter areas.
Ensure the soil is well drained, with a good layer of mulch and compost to retain moisture and keep the root zone cool. Plants are hardy, but respond well to annual fertilising in Spring.
TIME of PLANTING
Plants should be placed in position while dormant over winter.
By late summer the bunches of black berries are ready for harvest. The fruit is used in wines, jams, jellies and pies. Raw berries are extremely tart.
PEST & DISEASES
Few if any problems affect this hardy plant.
Plants are sometimes grown as a hedge, so they tolerate trimming. Old wood can be removed to maintain young growth from the base of the plant.