I am wanting to plant some Elderberry. Ideally I have room for one BIG (eventually BIG) Elderberry. The problem comes in I have read mixed reports on whether or not these are self fertile. Ideally I want to plant the PNW native blue Elderberry. Does anyone have experience with these or know whether or not one single plant would produce fruit.
I can squeeze in two plants if it is needed for fruit, but do they need to be two different varieties? I assume not otherwise the natives would never fruit in the wild, hence the information I have been given that I "need to plant two different types" is confusing me. I have books and nursery sites that are all in disagreement.
Also, if anyone grows the native blue Elderberry, how is it? Have you made wine or preserves with it? Any feedback on how the flavor compares to the other varieties?