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Elderberries

Use our zone-based planting guide to know when to plant elderberries.

Plant name Zone Start seeds indoors (spring/fall) Start seeds outdoors (spring/fall) Plant seedlings/transplants outdoors (spring/fall) Plant spacing # plants per person
Elderberries 3a Not recommended Not recommended On/around May 15; On/around Aug. 15 6-8 feet 2 for the household
Elderberries 3b Not recommended Not recommended On/around May 15; On/around Aug. 15 6-8 feet 2 for the household
Elderberries 4a Not recommended Not recommended On/around May 15; On/around Aug. 15 6-8 feet 2 for the household
Elderberries 4b Not recommended Not recommended On/around May 15; On/around Aug. 15 6-8 feet 2 for the household
Elderberries 5a Not recommended Not recommended On/around April 15; On/around Aug. 15 6-8 feet 2 for the household
Elderberries 5b Not recommended Not recommended On/around April 15; On/around Aug. 15 6-8 feet 2 for the household
Elderberries 6a Not recommended Not recommended On/around April 15; On/around Oct. 15 6-8 feet 2 for the household
Elderberries 6b Not recommended Not recommended On/around April 15; On/around Oct. 15 6-8 feet 2 for the household
Elderberries 7a Not recommended Not recommended On/around April 15; On/around Oct. 15 6-8 feet 2 for the household
Elderberries 7b Not recommended Not recommended On/around April 15; On/around Oct. 15 6-8 feet 2 for the household
Elderberries 8a Not recommended Not recommended On/around March 15; On/around Nov. 15 6-8 feet 2 for the household
Elderberries 8b Not recommended Not recommended On/around March 15; On/around Nov. 15 6-8 feet 2 for the household
Elderberries 9a Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Elderberries 9b Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Elderberries 10a Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Elderberries 10b Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Elderberries 11a Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Elderberries 11b Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended

*Plant crowns or seedlings after last frost or in the fall.