Hardwood stem cuttings from our Nova elderberry plants.
Compared with the other varieties we grow, Nova starts to flower in mid-June, about the same time as York. Its berries ripen along with York -- roughly early to mid August here in Iowa. Berries are a nice size -- about 3/8" diameter -- and are reputed to be slightly sweeter than average.
Nova is self-pollinating, but it will yield more fruit if pollinated by other elder, so plant at least two varieties for the best production results. Hardy to Zone 3. Determinant variety -- the flowers bloom and berries ripen over a relatively short time.
Our mature bushes are 6-8 feet tall and about 6 feet wide. This is a typical size for most Sambucus canadensis varieties.
Nova was first released in 1959 or 1960, depending on the source, by the Ag Canada Research Station. It is named after Nova Scotia, the Canadian province in which this variety originated.
Cuttings have been treated to smother overwintering leaf mites, a common pest of elder plants.
We ship cuttings during the last half of March through early April, timing solely at our discretion. If you cannot get cuttings planted right away, keep them damp and chilled -- the refrigerator works well if you have room.
Sold in a package of 5 cuttings, all one variety. If you order a quantity of 1, you will get 5 cuttings of this variety. A quantity of 2 is 10 cuttings, etc. Any discounts that apply to your order will be shown in your cart.