Syn. Sambucus cerulea
Syn. Sambucus mexicana
Syn. Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea
Native Region: western U.S. and British Columbia
Zone Range: 06-09
Preferred Climate: temperate
Harvest Date: Monday 22 August, 2011
Seed count: 50-60
This upright deciduous shrub has pinnate leaves and bears cream-coloured flowers in flattened panicles, followed by spherical blue-black fruit. Height and spread is 10-20 feet.
For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant. Sow seed in containers in an open frame in autumn. If seeds are stored to be planted the following spring, then warm stratification (70F – 85F) is required for 60-90 days followed by 90-100 days of cold stratification (41F) before sowing in the spring. Grow in moderately-fertile, humusy moist soil in full sun or partial shade.