Blue Elderberry Bush Seeds (Sambucus caerulea) Organic Heirloom Seeds for The Gardener & Rare Seeds Collector B25

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Blue Elderberry Bush Sambucus caerulea is a shrub or small tree with bright green compound leaves; yellow-white flowers in 4-6" flat-topped clusters, followed by quantities of dark blue-black berries used in jelly, pie, and wine; native to the Pacific Northwest.
It is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in) at a medium rate. It is hard to zone 5. It is in flower from Jun to July, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy), and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral, and basic (alkaline) soils..It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate strong winds but not maritime exposure. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.

GROW YOUR OWN FOOD: 50 Blue Elderberry Seeds for planting FUN AND EASY: EDIBLE FRUIT - Edible Hedge Shrub With Fruits, Great for kids, wildlife, pies, jelly. MADE IN USA: Ships from our Iowa farm and nursery to you! Satisfaction Guaranteed. EXOTIC AND RARE GARDEN SEEDS: Great gift for mom, dad, gardener, Great outdoor STEM Project for Kids

Count: ~25 seeds EDIBLE FRUIT - Edible Hedge Shrub With Fruits - FRAGRANT EDIBLE FLOWERS Zones 3 - 9 These seeds are from a Northern range collection which is more cold-hardy than the Southern range collection Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds for planting with the high germination rate Huge flat clusters of tiny white flowers are followed by a heavy crop of shiny black fruit This is an easy to grow that makes a nice large informal screen or hedge or can even be pruned into a small tree form Elderberry is often used to make syrup, jelly, wine, and more EXOTIC AND RARE GARDEN SEEDS: Great gift for mom, dad, gardener, Great outdoor STEM Project for Kids FUN AND EASY: EDIBLE FRUIT - Edible Hedge Shrub With Fruits - FRAGRANT EDIBLE FLOWERSYou've got to try it for yourself Native shrub grows 10-15 ft. tall Produces clusters of berries high in antioxidants For best fruit production, plant two different varieties LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Average - Moist - Wet Genus - Sambucus Species - Caerulea Common name - Blue Elderberry Pre-Treatment - Required Hardiness zones - 4 - 9 Height - 8'-10' / 2.40 - 3 m Plant type - Shrub, tree Vegetation type - Deciduous Exposure - Sun to Partial Shade Growth rate - Medium Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline Soil type - Chalk, clay, Loam, Sand, well drained Water requirements - Moist to Dry, drought tolerant Landscape uses - Woodland Garden Sunny Edge Dappled Shade, Shady Edge, edible Leaf / Flower color - Green / White Cream Plant growth rate - Medium

Blue elderberry is usually a large multi-stemmed spreading shrub with many branches, although occasionally is found as a small single trunk tree. Young bark is thin, light brown, and covered in small blisters, mature bark becomes gray with irregular furrows. The leaves are compound with 5-9 serrated leaflets. Inflorescences are flat-topped and composed of many creamy white flowers. Small, waxy-blue berries are produced in large drooping clusters in late autumn. Found near streambanks, in pastures, mixed conifer forests, and open places in riparian areas at elevations up to 2700 m (8900'), its range swoops across Western North America from British Columbia to Texas. Sambucus caerulea is a dominant understory species in riparian woodlands. Grows well in full sun to partial shade, well-drained moist to dry soil. The berries can be used to make elderberry wine, jam, syrup, and pies. Caution should be taken for parts of sambucus contain the cyanogenic glycoside, sambunigrin, berries should be cooked before eating. Provides many different habitats, food source and protection that support a diverse array of animal species. Information source:

The Elderberry’s flowers are fragrant and smell like honey. It attracts birds, bees, and butterflies. The birds love to eat its ¼” juicy berries, The berries are also edible by humans if they are ripe & fully cooked. Otherwise, they can be poisonous. This shrub has interesting bark and is also used as a medicinal herb.

Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea is a deciduous small tree/shrub in the Adoxaceae family. Its native range is the western United States to Mexico and British Columbia. Some familiar names include Blue Elderberry or Blue Elder. It can be used in habitat gardens, habitat restoration, native plantings, and natural landscapes. It is also a good pollinator attractor for butterflies, hummingbirds, and chipmunks. Indigenous people from North America use the wood to make musical instruments such as whistles, clappers, and flutes. The berries are cooked and used for food. It can grow around 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide from multiple trunks. The leaves are sharp-pointed along the margins, around 5-6 inches long. The creamy-white flowers are in bloom from May through June. They come out in numerous numbers on the top of the plant called flat-topper clusters. The smell is rather unpleasant. The fruits are berry-like, round, and powdery-blue. It prefers to grow in full sun to part shade with average water needs. Zones 3-8

Germination: It is vital that they are soaked to help the sprouting process. Understand that these are "small" tree seeds. Not all would be 100% viable, it is just the chance you take. When soaking the seeds, the ones that float after about 8 hours should be removed. They most likely will live, but chances are low. Only use the seeds that sank to the bottom. It is vital to use seed starting pods. It is a must!! Place about two seeds in each pod, make sure to keep these moist and warm while germinating. They do take some time to germinate. Have patience and you will be rewarded. They love direct sunlight when germinating. After some time, when they become healthy and large enough, you may then transplant them. Understand that you must keep your eye on these so that you have healthy trees in the long run.

Place your seeds and some soil in a ziplock bag. Moisten the mixture enough so it sticks together without water dripping out. Write the name of the seeds on the bag. Place the mixture in your refrigerator for 60 days. Check seeds weekly and use a spray bottle to keep the mixture moist. Remove seedlings and plants immediately.

You can put them in warm water and let them soak for about 30 hours. You can also surface sow them, use a grow lamp or sun for more than 6 hours, and mist twice a day. It may take about 10 days to sprout.