Elderberry Bushes
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how do you tell the difference from male elderberry and female elderberry olant

Zone 44241 | dakota716 added on August 14, 2018 | Answered

witch is best to do. cut tour clipping ,after finding the difference in male and female plants. or gust buy them. when is the best to but and plant. what kind of ground will they grow best in. thank you cliff rice

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MichiganDot
Answered on August 14, 2018

Elderberry, Sambucus canadensis, is self-fertile but the amount of fruit increases with a second cultivar nearby. Nearby means within 50 feet and the closer, the better. It isn't male and female that you need, like holly, but plants from different growers. They will have slightly different genetics. Some Viburnums also need a second cultivar of the same species for optimal fruit set. If you buy one locally and get a second of the same species from a native plant nursery near you, you'll be all set.

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