[NAFEX] Black Lace Elderberry
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Oct 26 00:32:27 EDT 2007
Two years ago I planted a "Black Lace" Sambucus nigra elderberry. It
was touted as a replacement for Japanese maples in cold zones, being
hardy to Zone 4. Thank goodness the cold hardiness isn't likely to be
tested here, but it IS a nice ornamental. This year, however, it
bloomed and set fruit, and surprised me be being much better than my
York and Nova elderberries. The berries were larger and had none of
the herbaceous or strong flavors of the types specifically bred for
fruit. It would never replace a good currant or gooseberry as a cold
hardy berry, but it was actually possible to eat it raw and enjoy it.
Since this was the first year, it didn't produce much fruit, and the
clusters weren't very full, but if it produces well as it gets older,
it could be a replacement for other elderberries.
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