Ever wondered why your elderberry does not set fruit? I wondered, but not too much since without a net I don't get fruit here anyway. So I thought it was the birds, anyway I am after the flowers rather than the fruit.
It was Joseph, full of old timers wisdom who told me why: Once he was driving to Lithgow and at the roadside he saw an elderberry tree just like back at home laden with fruit. They harvested bucket loads of the fruit.
Most of the elderberries sold in Australia are probably sterile; the usual Elderberry we harvested back in Germany does self-seed and has the potential to spread. One of the official weed sites of NSW shows the invasive elderberry: the photo looks exactly like my elder, spent flowers but no fruit set. Have a look if yours look the same:
I am embarrassed having sold elderberries too, which were not elderberries but elderflowers. However there are lots of accounts from people using the berries of the elder – so the real elderberry is around and probably not only on the way to Lithgow.
I would like to know more about this, and why is Sambucus nigra suddenly the American elderberry, since it is an ancient Northern European plant?
Buy ElderFLOWER here, Elderberries are in production!
The photo was taken from this site: http://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/living-in/about/our-natural-environment/introduced-plants-and-animals/weeds/some-more-common-garden-escapees-please-dont-plant-these-species