Native Region: Europe, North Africa, Southwest Asia
Zone Range: 06-09
Preferred Climate: Temperate
Harvest Date: Saturday 01 August, 2015
Seed count: 60-75
The Latin name may come from sambuco--an ancient kind of harp, and gives us just a glimpse of the ancient ties this species has with humanity. Used for a wide variety of cures, ablutions, and even beauty treatments, the Black Elderberry is rich in vitamins and attributed with a wide assortment of curative powers. This attractive medium to large deciduous shrub is nonetheless a beautiful addition to the modern garden. The large flat panicles of tiny white flowers appear in early summer, followed by generous clusters of shiny black berries. Autumn leaf colour tends toward bright yellow. Height and spread 20 feet.
Sow seed in containers in autumn or spring. Maintain even, but not excessive, moisture. Grow on in any good garden soil. Hardy to -17°Celsius (0°F). For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant.