This native fast-growing shrub produces fruit from its second year onwards. Elderberry grows well in damp soil and is therefore an ideal candidate for riverbank naturalisation. It is very adaptable and can grow in a range of environments; it can grow in damp or dry soil and it can also grow in clay.
Elderberry is rich in antioxidants due to its high content of polyphenols. It also contains a higher concentration of vitamin C than the orange. The berries can be used to make jellies, jams, syrup, juice, fruit bars, and are popular as a dehydrated fruit. It is preferable to eat them cooked, rather than raw. You could expect to harvest up to 10kg of berries per shrub.