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Red Elderberry vs Ranch Elderberry

Sambucus racemosa

Sambucus canadensis Ranch

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Red Elderberry
Ranch Elderberry

Red Elderberry is an attractive, medium-sized deciduous shrub.

It produces clusters of white flowers in the spring and bright red berry-like drupes, which provide beautiful contrast against its coarse, textured green foliage.

Red Elder can be pruned as a small single or multi-stemmed tree.

Note: Unfortunately this difficult to grow species is not currently scheduled to grow at TreeTime.ca. Perhaps try purchasing seed from SeedTime.ca and growing your own? Or sign up for a restock notification above.

Ranch Elderberry is a vigorous and high yielding Black Elderberry cultivar. It ripens earlier than other varieties, and is smaller and more compact making berry harvest easier. The berries are well suited for baked goods, jams, jellies, and syrups. They are high in vitamin C and reported to be beneficial for the immune system. Planting them near other varieties for cross pollination and in full sun will result in higher yields.

Warning: the seeds, stems, leaves, roots, and uncooked berries of the Ranch Elderberry are toxic to humans when eaten in quantity. You should cook the berries to make them safe for human consumption.

RED ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

RANCH ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Berries: bright red berries
Berries: black
Harvest: late summer to early fall
Flowers: white
Flowers: fragrant, white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: toxic to humans

Toxicity: leaves, stems, and uncooked berries are poisonous to humans

Other Names: red elder
Other Names: american elderberry ranch, american ranch elderberry, ranch american elderberry