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Sambucus canadensis

Elderberry

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Sambucus canadensis (Elderberry)

In spring, this dramatic, thicket-forming shrub with bright green leaves is covered with large showy clusters of white fragrant flowers. Come fall, the flowers are followed by clusters of dark purple berrylike fruits that attract mammals and birds and can be used for pies, wine, and jellies.

Additional Information:


Height
5-12 Feet

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Spread
5-12 Feet

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
White


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica), Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Eastern Gama Grass (Tripsacum dactyloides), Wahoo (Euonymus atropurpureus)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FACW-

Nature Attracting

Songbird

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)
Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

High
Moderate

Special Uses

Fragrant

Sun Exposure

Full Sun
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Small Animals
Food/Birds