Due to strict agricultural laws, we CANNOT ship any plants to the states of California, Hawaii, or Alaska.

Bob Gordon Elderberry Bush


Container Plant Container Friendly
Growing Zone 6A - 9B
Pollinator Consider self fertile but bears better when planted with another Bob Gordon or any other elderberry
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Product Description
Bob Gordon Elderberry – Fruits Well in the South!

Bob Gordon Elderberry was found growing wild in 1999 near Osceola, Missouri. the Bob Gordon elderberry produces huge clusters of 1/4 inch berries. Pendulous flower heads prevent birds from getting all the fruit, too! Bob Gordon is unusual as an elderberry, it’s fruit grows on new canes, so can be cut to the ground yearly. This will make a lower (5 to 6 foot tall) easier to harvest the plant. Elderberries. Fruit ripens in July. Elderberries have very high antioxidant levels, they are rated as 14,500 on the ORAC Scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Blackberries, in contrast, are 5347 on the ORAC scale, and sweet cherries are 3365.) In addition, the particular antioxidants found in elderberries happen to have an antiviral effect. There is little information on the pollination of elderberries, they are considered self-fertile but thought to bear better with cross pollination. Bob Gorden sets fruit reliability for us when planted near Florida Select.

Cold Hardy(10°)-(5°)
Container PlantContainer Friendly
Growing Zone6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B
Mature Height5-6 FT
Mature Width4-5 FT
PollinatorConsider self fertile but bears better when planted with another Bob Gordon or any other elderberry
Spacing5-6 FT
Planting & Care

Recommended Fertilizers

Starter Fertilizer: Kickstart with Espoma Organic Bio-tone® Starter Plus. This potent blend boosts root mass and aids in mitigating transplant shock, ensuring your plants thrive in their new home.

Maintenance Fertilizer: For continued growth and fruit production, we recommend Espoma Organic Tree-tone Fertilizer. Designed specifically for fruit trees, this balanced formula nourishes your plants, promoting vibrant growth and bountiful harvests.

Fruitscaping™ with Elderberry Bushes

Experience the delightful world of Fruitscaping™ with our Elderberry Bushes. With their lush foliage and generous harvests, Elderberries are a rewarding choice for any home gardener.

Elderberries are known to be highly adaptable, thriving in a wide range of soil conditions. They prefer well-draining, loamy or sandy soils. However, they are quite tolerant and can grow in heavier clay soils if they are well amended with organic matter. A layer of organic mulch around the base of the bush will help retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and slowly feed the plant as it decomposes.

The clusters of dark purple berries produced by these plants are not just beautiful to behold, they’re also packed with nutritional benefits. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, elderberries are commonly used in making jams, jellies, pies, and wines. They’re also prized for their medicinal properties, often used in syrups and teas to boost immune health.

But the Elderberry bushes’ appeal isn’t just in their fruit. With their lush green foliage and lovely white flower clusters, they add aesthetic appeal to any landscape. They can serve as striking background plants, privacy screens, or even as the centerpiece of an edible landscape.

Elderberry bushes are versatile and easy to integrate with other fruiting plants. Consider pairing them with apple trees, raspberry bushes, or grapevines for a varied and fruitful garden. Whether grown in the ground or containers, Elderberry bushes add beauty and bounty to your garden.

The journey of Fruitscaping™ with Elderberry bushes is one of enjoyment and fulfillment – from planting and care, to the exciting harvest of your own nutrient-rich berries.

Growing Guides

You can find many planting & care guides on our growing guides page.

Shipping Info

Shipping Restrictions

Unfortunately, We Cannot Process Orders to California, Hawaii, Alaska, or Internationally:  Please note that due to specific agricultural regulations, we’re unable to ship any plants to the states of California, Hawaii, and Alaska, or outside the United States. Additionally, citrus trees can only be shipped within the state of Florida.

Shipping Information

Before Your Plants Arrive: You can find many guides on unpacking, planting, & care, on our growing guides page.

The Journey From Our Nursery to Your Door:  We NEVER ship our plants bare root. Your plant will travel in the very container in which it was nurtured. We thoroughly prune and water them before packing, and make sure they’re well wrapped to retain moisture during transit. It’s as though you’ve personally collected them from our nursery!

Choose Your Ship Date: We understand you’ll want to be available when your plant arrives. Our checkout process features a handy calendar that allows you to choose the Monday on which you want your plant to ship. Depending on your location, you’ll likely receive your plant by Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of that week. Once shipped, UPS will generate a tracking number and send it to the email you provided. You can then follow your plant’s journey and ensure someone is available to unpack it on arrival day.

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