Sambucus canadensis

American Elder, Sweet Elder

Popular in southern United States temperate and subtropical regions, vigorous growing Elders also thrive in rich moist soil in the North. They are prized for their flat clusters of small white flowers and masses of tiny colorful fruits -- black, yellow, blue or red -- which attract birds. Some of their fruit is poisonous. Their coarse leaves have serrated edges. Use in larger plantings and for naturalizing in wild gardens. Tolerate most soils, including clay. Cut back in March close to last year's growth to encourage larger flowers. Fast re-growth.
Sambucus canadensis, American Elder, Sweet Elder
The tasty purple-black fruit is used in pies, jellies, preserves, and wine, and as a fabric dye. Its ivory flowers reach 10 inches across. Often grown in cold-winter climates.

Attributes - Sambucus canadensis

Plant Type: Shrub

Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer

Flower Color: White

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 7 ft. to 11 ft.

Width: 11 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Notes: Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.

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Sambucus caerulea, Sambucus callicarpa
 
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