Elderberry

Multiple upright, semi-woody stems that are branching with opposite, lance-shaped leaves. Clusters of small white flowers in early summer give way to purple-black berries that are popular for making jams, pies, and wine. The berries have to be cooked to be safely eaten by humans. Raw berries and most of the other parts of this plant are toxic to humans, especially small children.  Birds feed on the berries, and this is an excellent forage and shelter plant for attracting birds to your yard.

Scientific Name: Sambucus canadensis
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: April, May
Butterfly Host: N/A
Container Size: 3/4 gallon
Cultural Uses: N/A
Fall Foliage: Yes
Fruit: Large clusters of small blue to black, edible (when cooked) fruits. Raw fruits are toxic and should not be ingested.
Habit: Shrub
Height: 5-8', 8-15'
Light Needs: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
Square Feet Used: 16
Type Of Garden Ecotone: Farm, Community Garden, Border Woodland, Erosion Control, Mesic, Partial Sun, Sun, Upland, Wetland
Water Needs: Dry, Average, Moist

Price: $15.00

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