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Sambucus canadensis (Elderberry)

Elderberries are hardy, native shrubs that have great ornamental and fruiting value. They produce beautiful, large, white flower heads in the spring that are followed by large clusters of blue-black berries in late summer. They are relished by birds and are an important food source for fruit-eating birds like Robins and Cedar Waxwings. At least 120 species of bird eat the fruits of Elderberries! Elderbery fruit makes incredible juice and jellies that have a wonderful flavor and are very high in Vitamin C. The berries also make great jam, pie, syrup or wine.

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# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
SA300BAG Sambucus canadensis (Elderberry) 25 out of stock $48.00

Plant Details +

Botanical Sambucus canadensis
Common Name Elderberry'
Family Caprifoliaceae
Size 12"-18"
Height 6-12'
Spacing 10'
Hardiness Zones 4-10
Exposure Partial to full sun
Foliage Bright green
Flower White
Bloomtime April - July

General Information +

General Characteristics: Elderberry grows into a tall shrub with an upright form. It can sucker and will widen its range where planted. The bright-green foliage is attractive, and the plant is easy to grow. This variety was selected for its large clusters of dark blue to black fruit. Useful in orchard, hedge, shrub border and naturalized plantings. The fruits of Elderberry are a kind of berry called a drupe. The drupes are small and black (or dark purple). Many birds eat them, including: Northern Cardinal, Eastern Bluebird, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, White-breasted Nuthatch, Blue Jay, Eastern Kingbird, European Starling, Eastern Phoebe, American Robin, Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, woodpeckers, and Tufted Titmouse. This is a deciduous shrub with yellowish-green fall color. Prune in late winter to desired shape and size. To control size, you can cut them back to the ground each year, as they bloom on new and old wood. They are easily pruned to shape.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Grows in full sun to part shade and prefer moist, well-drained soil. Elderberry grows rapidly, and is useful near water. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.

Pests or Diseases: Rarely bothered by insects or disease.