Adam's Elderberry

Sambucus canadensis 'Adams'

Large clusters of fragrant, white flowers appear in spring and are followed by clusters of large, dark, purple to black berries in late summer to fall. Fruit can be harvested for making elderberry wine and jam, or left on the plant to provide seasonal forage for wildlife. Grow it as a shrub, or cut it back each year and use it as a bold perennial. Tons of appeal! Deciduous.
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Botanical Pronunciationsam-BYOO-kus kan-a-DEN-sis
LoreAn American native, elderberry is used for its fruit and flowers. Best when cooked or dried (raw elderberries can make some people nauseated), the fruit makes delicious pies and jams and the classic elderberry wine; the flowers can be mixed into batter and fried to make elderberry fritters.
Average Size at Maturity5 to 10 ft. wide by 5 to 10 ft. tall.
Bloom TimeSpring
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Hedge, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Edible, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Ornamental Berries, Showy Fruit, Sustainable, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly-weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Easily grown in average to enriched, moist but well-drained soil. Apply a slow release fertilizer in early spring as needed. Prune out dead or weakened stems and oldest wood in early spring. Can be cut to the ground to rejuvinate. Self-fruitful, but best fruit set when planted with a different variety of elderberry.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-9

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