Plant Profile #1 Elderberry

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This is my elderberry plant that I planted last fall. It has almost tripled in size since then.

Hello everyone! It has been while. As much as I love working on TACC, my other responsibilities come first! I have been doing a lot more behind the scenes work but I will start making more blog posts and being more active on Instagram. Today I am posting what I hope to be the first of a series of plant profiles. The goal is to educate more people about the native fruiting and medicinal plants of the east coast. This can be helpful when trying to make your yard more biodiverse or in building a food forest.

The elderberry is a native plant in Virginia. This makes it a very good plant to include in your garden or food forest. This plant grows to be a large and tall bush when fully mature. It can be about 8 feet tall and 8 feet wide. It is well known for its berries. They grow in clusters of small dark purple berries. These berries are full of antioxidants and vitamins. They boost your immune system and make a very good syrup.

This plant is very easy to propagate. You can make cuttings in the spring from new growth. These can grow into new elderberry plants. They are best when planted in the fall so that they can establish their roots before spring. This gives them the ability to produce more new growth in the spring. This can help the plant grow to be much healthier while also you giving you the chance to get fruit earlier. This can help the plant survive because the more established the roots are, the more it can get water for itself. Therefore increasing its defense against heat. If you have an open area of your yard, I highly recommend planting an elderberry. Keep in mind you may need two so that they can be pollinated. For more information I recommend researching varieties or talking to someone at your local plant nursery.

I hope this is some helpful information on one of my favorite perennial plants! Keep an eye out for more blog posts coming soon.

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