[NAFEX] Elderberries Question

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Wed Apr 6 09:15:26 EDT 2005


Doc, it's probably one of the cultivars that are in the trade, such as
Adams, Johns, Kent, Scotia, Nova, or York (most, if not all of these
were developed in Nova Scotia and New York State).  Actually, there are
probably two cultivars growing there, because elderberries are not self
fertile.  There's a elderberry cultivar trial underway in Missouri, and
perhaps cultivars that do well in that more southerly climate there
might also do well in South Carolina.  For more info, see
http://aes.missouri.edu/swcenter/fieldday/page48.stm. -- Sam Brungardt,
St. Paul, Minn.

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Subject: [NAFEX] Elderberries Question


I drive past a house periodically where there is a  tree about six feet
tall 
which bears a very heavy crop of what appears to be elderberries every
year. 
The owner is never home for me to ask him or her what variety it is or 
whether it actually an elderberry.  It is fenced in and I can't get
closer 
than about ten feet to it.
I remember seeing wild elderberries in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey 
similarly bearing such crops but they were annual bushes if I remember 
correctly.  I have tried several varieties here in South Carolina
without 
getting near the amount of berries this specimen bears.  Anyone have any

ideas as to what variety this could be?  Or if it is possible that a
similar 
species could be mistaken for elderberry?  The leaves look just like 
elderberry leaves and the berries are the same color and size. Doc
Lisenby Zone 7/8 


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