Where to Find Elderberry?

vinteuilSeptember 15, 2013

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the forum so I apologize if I'm posting this in the wrong place.

As a hobbyist watchmaker I use a fair amount of "pith wood" to clean tools and parts. It's a soft wood that I hear comes from the Elderberry shrub. Just a few grams of this stuff can cost $10 from the horological supply shops.

I've heard that Elderberry is practically a weed and grows wild all over the country. What I'm wondering is does anyone know a good place to find some that I could harvest for the pith. It seems like there's enough of it out there that no one would miss it and I wouldn't feel like a sap for buying it at such a high price.

Thanks for any help or leads!

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efeuer

Most people on this forum would not look kindly on harvesting material from the wild like that. That said, it is true that Elderberry grows abundantly around here, at least, mostly in rather damp and inaccessible places.

If you would like to plant some on your own property, I know that Stark carries them. So does Miller. You would be doing a favor to wildlife, since the berries are very beneficial to the birds. The plants are attractive and extremely easy to grow.

http://www.starkbros.com/products/berry-plants/elderberry-plants;jsessionid=622235A58B4C3EE1A874C962F2C16353

http://www.millernurseries.com/cart.php?m=product_list&c=51

HTH,
Liz

Here is a link that might be useful: Elderberry information from the USDA

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 9:11AM
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kchd(7b/8a MS)

I have lots of elderberry plants; it grows all over the place here. If you want some stalks, I would gladly send you some for postage. Feel free to email me directly and we can work out the details.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 10:24PM
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