Common Elderberry

Sambucus canadensis

Large clusters of fragrant, white flowers appear in spring and are followed by clusters of 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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Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationsam-BYOO-kus kan-a-DEN-sis
Average Size at MaturityUpright growth, reaches 8-10 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeWhite flowers in spring followed by red berries in fall.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseWoodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Wet Soils, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsBest with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Thrives in most soil types. Performs best with regular water but tolerates drought once established. Apply a slow release fertilizer in early spring. Prune to shape after blooming; for fall berries, leave flowers intact. May be pruned to the ground annually.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-9

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