American Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)


American Elderberry is a stoloniferous, deciduous shrub that has small, fragrant, white flowers in the spring that are followed by clusters of dark purple to black-berry like fruits in the late summer to fall.  Fruits may be used to make preserves, jellies, pies, and wine.  Fruit is attractive to birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.  The leaves are bright green and pinnately compound (5-11 leaflets each).  This elderberry can tolerate erosion, clay, and wet soil, Best used when massed together and can be seen in roadside plantings, in wet or low areas, as a screen, or part of a native plant border. Full sun to part shade.



Map courtesy of USDA-NRCS Plants Database.

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Scientific Name

Sambucus canadensis






Bright green

Native To

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