A not too common PNW fruit bearing shrub-tree. Compound bright green leaves appear mid April, with dense clusters of ivory white flowers in late May providing nectar and pollen to many winged creatures (especially butterflies). By late August, edible fruit hang in heavy clusters within easy reach. A white bloom covers the dark blue berries making them appear sky blue. Plum coloured juice is excellent for jam, wine or to jar up and use like black elderberry cold therapeutic. Much loved by migrating birds. Arching multibranching form 6m in all directions.
- Seed Count: 40-50
- Collection Date: August 2023
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Height and Width: 6m x 6m
- Germination test type: cut& float
How to germinate Sambucus caerulea seeds:
Break dormancy: take one cup hot tap water, add seed, let cool and soak 24 hours. Seed should swell. If not scarify by shaking seed with a small amount of coarse sand between in a jar for 30 seconds. Resoak using warm water for 24 hours. Sow 5 mm deep in seedling medium of equal parts peat and sand. Keep moist. Warm stratify 30 days at 20 C; then cold stratify 90 days at 4C. Should germinate under Spring like conditions.