While everybody knows about strawberries, blueberries, and some kinds of berries, elderberry bushes and trees are relatively not familiar to some people. Oftentimes, strange clusters of berries are considered as food for the birds and others pass up on the opportunity of cultivating this exceptional tree cop with lots of uses.
From port-like wine and homemade immune system boosting syrup to a good source of biomass, elderberries provide some benefits to permaculture homesteader and farmer.
There are various kinds of elderberry shrubs and trees. However, all of them are distinguishable by their eye-catching and big white flowers, which turn to clusters of abundant small berries. While many elderberry bushes have some fruit clusters, which are indigo color or dark purple, there are elderberry trees that have red berries.
Elderberry trees are native to North America from Canada to Colombia. It tolerates a variety of growing climates and conditions. Usually, trees take 2-4 years to start bearing, even if under optimum condition, you may get your harvest only one year after planting. You can buy Elderberry plants from Amazon, I have ordered them and rhubarb from Hirts through Amazon and had the best success with Hirts over others I ordered from.
Due to the huge demand and limited supply, people grow their own elderberries. In fact, according to Deep Roots at Home, planting elderberries can be a good way to go for your family’s stash.
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