Sambucus nigra spp nigra ‘Marge’
Selected for outstanding performance in summer heat situations that challenge other European elderberry cultivars, Marge is the one European elderberry to try in your challenging back yard. Her numerous flowers produced on second year wood produce large juicy berries that are loaded with all of the health benefits we look for in an elderberry. Marge is partially self-fertile, crops will be heavier with another European elderberry as a pollinizer, and possibly also with a group of several Marge plants.
Marge is an open pollinated seedling of Haschberg elderberry, selected for its vigor and large berries by Wyldewood Cellars Winery in Kansas. Sambucus nigra cultivars do not perform well throughout the Midwest, so growers are typically limited to American cultivars that tolerate the summer heat better but produce smaller berries and less total fruit. Trials conducted by the U. of Missouri confirmed Marge significantly outperformed all other S. nigra cultivars in their trial, including Samdal, Samyl, Haschberg, Sampo, and Korsor, and produced more fruit with larger berries than the American cultivars in the trial as well.
USDA Zone: 4-9
Grow Height: 10' (Large)
Sun: Full Sun
Ripening Time: Late Summer
Pollination: Partially Self Fertile