Print This Page

Elderberry




Sambucus canadensis
sam-BEW-cus can-ah-DEN-sis
 
content_img.1555.img.jpg

Perennial - Sun to Part Shade
Spacing: 6’-8’
Ht. 10’-12’ Spread 8’-10’

content_img.1519.img.jpg

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

CULTURE: Shrubby, tall, and multitrunked. Grows easily to 12’ . Plant and stay out of the way.

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.
 
content_img.1520.img.jpg


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




 
 
   

  Search Library Topics      Search Newspaper Columns