European Elderberry ‘Marge’ (Sambucus nigra)
‘Marge’ is a hybrid between the American Sambucus canadensis and the European Sambucus nigra which gives us an elderberry plant with all the characteristics of the European varieties but free from the diseases that plague so many. The berries are larger than the American varieties and ‘Marge’ is also self-pollinating so only one plant is necessary for fruit production. Flowers form on last year’s woody growth, so fruit will form the second year after planting. The berries contain antioxidants and flavinoids considered to be antiviral with immune-building benefits. Elderberry syrup is sold to treat colds, coughs and other upper respiratory ailments. Elderberries can be made into jam, jelly, wine, juice, syrup or pies.