7 – Hansen’s Bush Cherry
3 – Elderberry
Wholesale prices on this would be around $95+ with shipping & tax, retail around $215+
Contains two fantastic fruits that have been under rated for far too long. These are great starter plants that will see you on your way to a fantastic berry patch or orchard, they also go great with a small vineyard! No matter if you’re into growing your own fruit for making wine, mead, jelly or jam, all it takes is a start. Even if you’re somewhat of a black thumb gardener, these are two nearly bulletproof plants. They also make for excellent wildlife habitat if you have an area you are trying to build biodiversity.
Hansen’s bush cherry – Prunus besseyi
USDA 3-8 A great addition to any homestead or small farm. It’s a hardy plant so it can take a little abuse or neglect which is perfect for new or aspiring homesteaders or those of us who tend to kill plants (myself included). It’s a great addition to the elderberry syrup or as a standalone jelly. They’re both great for home brewing if that’s your thing. Slightly astringent flavor which pairs very well with apple and grape. Other uses are as a productive and cold hardy plum rootstock to graft onto. (except damson and victoria plums)
Elderberry – Sambucus canadensis
USDA 4-9 The fantastic and venerable Elderberry that my family and many others swear by to keep colds and flu away. We make elderberry syrup and jelly and use daily during cold and flu season. Makes excellent wine either standalone or as a blend. Our kids love this as a jelly and especially as a pancake syrup if the jelly didn’t set right. Some of my favorite childhood memories were when we got the rare treat of Elderberry syrup on waffles.