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Sambucus canadensis (sam-BEW-cus can-ah-DEN-sis)




Perennial - Sun to Part Shade


SPACING: 6’-8’


HEIGHT: 10’-12’ Spread 8’-10’




HABIT: White flower clusters in spring. Edible purple-black berries ripen in August.


CULTURE: Shrubby, tall, and multi-trunked. Grows easily to 12’ . Plant and stay out of the way. Foliage stinks when you rub against it.


USES: Excellent for attracting birds. Diuretic. Flower heads and berries are used for wines, jellies, pies, and excellent fritters. Good landscape plant. Delicious berries if you can get them before the birds do.




PROBLEMS: Invasive.


Elderberry fruit


NOTES: Known for its ability to produce humus quickly. There are cultivars available that have dark purple foliage and make an excellent landscape choice.





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