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Black Elderberry

vickeymvickeym Posts: 374 ✭✭✭
edited July 2 in Growing Food

Are there any members in the 3B growing zone that have tried growing black elderberry? I live in rural Alaska. We have red elderberry that grows wild here. Was wondering if anyone had tried growing the black elderberry in colder climates like mine?


  • HassenaHassena Posts: 220 ✭✭✭

    Hi @vickeym

    Great question. It seems like they would.

    If the black elderberries don't grow well. I wonder if the blacks could be grafted to the red? The reds being able to withstand colder temps. The aerial portion producing the delicious medicinal fruit...

    keep us posted :)

  • EarlKellyEarlKelly Penn state master gardener Northeastern Pennsylvania zone 5bPosts: 235 ✭✭✭

    As far as I know the black elderberry grows in grow zones 3 to 8. You should be good. Where bouts in Alaska? Might be planning a trip there either this year or next. Something I have always wanted to do. Good luck

  • toreytorey Posts: 1,640 admin

    @vickeym In my experience, elderberries will grow to Zone 3 but should get protection from winter winds. That is what seems to take mine back to the roots sometimes. This year we had very cold temperatures before there was much snow so we will see how they do. Should do well for you but maybe have them on a sunny side of a building out of the prevailing winds.

  • vickeymvickeym Posts: 374 ✭✭✭

    EarlKelly A small town/village called Talkeetna. The town that for many years had a cat for a mayor. He past away a few years ago. Also the town that the old show Northern Exposure was based on (according to the stories as well as a few long time locals.)

  • vickeymvickeym Posts: 374 ✭✭✭

    torey That is good to know. Looking forward to trying it here. May have to rethink where I wanted to plant them though. Thanks for the information.

  • vickeymvickeym Posts: 374 ✭✭✭

    Hassena I believe, if I can find someway to get some plants I will have to give both ways a try and see which works best for me. I found some through Burpee Seeds, but it says they cannot ship them here. May have to just get seeds and see what I can do with them.

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