A pretty ornamental and fruit bush which will grow to a height of 6-7 feet. Tolerates wet locations well, is productive and hardy, and has lovely fall foliage. Berries are ideal for pies, jam, juices and wine. Elderberry juice is the best medicine for colds and flu, and a wonderful winter tonic! These plants come as a rooted cutting; they should be buried with the green stem (if any) above the ground and the rest just below the surface. Plant 4 to 6 feet apart. To ensure pollination and abundant fruit, plant more than one variety.
The Johns variety of elderberry originated in the Nova Scotia Experiment Station. It has large berries that make up large clusters. Johns ripens slightly before Adams, and is a highly vigorous grower.