Considered Self Fertile, But Fruits Better With Bob Gordon Elderberry Bush as Pollinator
Due to strict agricultural laws, we CANNOT ship any plants to the states of California, Hawaii, or Alaska.
Sambucus nigra subsp. canadensis

Florida Select Elderberry Bush


Container Plant Container Friendly
Growing Zone 5A - 9B
Mature Height 6-10 FT
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Product Description

Great for jams and wine

Did you know that elderberry fruit have more vitamin C per unit weight than oranges or tomatoes? So raise a toast to elderberry wine and spread your toast with elderberry jam.

Elderberry is a lovely native shrub, is found in wet woodlands and pond edges. The shrub is 6-10 feet tall with delicate, fern like leaves. Masses of 10 inch, flat-headed clusters of tiny flowers resemble lilacs and bloom spring into fall. Small fruit attract birds, butterflies, wine makers and other wildlife when ripe in late summer.

Florida Select is a variety we found growing locally, heavy production and good juice content. Fruit ripens in July.

Elderberries have very high antioxidant levels, they are rated as 14,500 on the ORAC Scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbency 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.

Cold Hardy(20°)-(15°)
Container PlantContainer Friendly
Growing Zone5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B
Mature Height6-10 FT
Mature Width5-6 FT
PollinatorConsider self fertile, but bears better when planting with another Florida Select or Bob Gordon Elderberry Bush
Spacing6 FT
SunlightPart to Full
Planting & Care

Fruitscaping with Berry Bushes

Brambles can be upright hedge varieties or trailing varieties that require a trellis. Use a row of hedging blackberries to define your garden’s edge. Add a boysenberry or raspberry trellis beside a path and have a berry on the way down the driveway. The hedging growth of elderberry bushes can add a graceful screen to your property or when planted as a single specimen develops into a graceful 10 foot shrub with arching canes, beautiful in flower as well as when fruiting. Regardless of which berry you choose, don’t forget to plant a few extra plants for all the wildlife they’ll attract.

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Growing Guide

View Our full Elderberry Bushes Planting and Growing Guide

Shipping Info

Shipping Restrictions

We’re so sorry… but due to agricultural restrictions we cannot ship any plants outside of the United States, or to the states of California, Hawaii and Alaska. Also, citrus trees cannot be shipped outside of the state of Florida.

Shipping Information

Unpacking Your Plants Guide:  Prior to receiving our plants, please click this link to read our Unpacking Your Plants Guide to get to know the steps to keeping your plant healthy after receiving it.

We do NOT ship bare root:  Our trees are shipped in the same exact containers they are grown in, for the most healthy transition. The plants are watered well before they are packed and wrapped in a shipping bag to ensure they stay moist during transit.  It’s as if you came and picked them up right from our nursery yourself!

Why do we not offer free shipping? At Just Fruits, we price all of our plants online exactly as we do in the nursery. Therefore, the shipping cost is simply what it costs for us to get your order from the nursery to you. Many competitors may increase the plants’ prices in order to hide shipping costs… we do not do that. We want our customers to see exactly what the plant costs are, separate from what the shipping costs are. That way if you decided to come visit the nursery to pick up your plants instead, you would know how much you save in shipping.

Weather Watching:  We now ship all year round! However, we do watch for extreme weather. If there is extremely cold or hot weather expected around your shipment date and on your path of shipment, we will contact you and notify you that we plan to hold the shipment for the next possible shipping date with better conditions. If you ask us to still ship it, through the conditions, we will not be responsible for any damage caused to the plant & UPS will not refund any claims. We love our plants, and do not want to see them die, so we would rather wait until it’s the right time to ship it, than risk losing a plant in transit.

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