Although not know very well, elderberries are actually quite delicious and very easy to grow! In this article, we'll be looking at the top 7 elderberry varieties you can grow in your backyard. Elderberries are small berries that are similar to blueberries in look, but each different variety has a different taste that we know you'll enjoy!

Elderberry bushes are pleasant to look at, bring in butterflies to the garden, and can feed the masses (i.e. you, birds and squirrels!) Keep reading to see the top 7 elderberry varieties!

Top 7 Elderberry Varieties


#1. Adams

The Adams variety is one of the most commonly grown variety of elderberry in North America. They thrive in USDA zones 3-9 and a full bush can reach anywhere from 6 to 10 feet in height.

#2. Black Beauty

This variety has a very unique lemon scent, and is best suited for USDA zones 4-7. They prefer moist, even wet conditions to that of dry climates, and will grow up to 6 feet in height.

#3. Black Lace

Thriving in USDA zones 4-7, the Black Lace variety has beautiful pink blooms, and loves moist conditions.

#4. Blue

Sometimes confused for blueberries, the Blue elderberry variety are suitable for USDA zones 3-10.

#5. European Red

This stunning variety has the potential to reach 20 feet in height and grow well in USDA zones 3-8. Although these red berries are not recommended for human consumption, they do attract a large number of butterflies!

#6. Lemon Lace

Lemon lace, a hardy and showy elderberry variety, is prized in North America because it's cold and wind resistant. It does very well in full sun, and is recommended for USDA zones 3-7. As mentioned above, experts caution against the consumption of red elderberries.

#7. York

With the largest berries and highest fruit yield, the York variety is a resilient breed that thrives in USDA zones 3-9.

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