American Elderberry


  • Showy shrub
  • White flowers in late spring
  • Dark berries in August
  • Edible
  • Good for pollinators
  • Good for birds
  • Walnut tolerant
  • Deer tolerant
  • Seedling height: 12″-18″

Height: 5ft-15ft
Spread: 5ft-15ft
Water Needs: Medium-Dry to Medium-Wet
Soil Needs: Sand, Loam, Clay
Growth Rate: Fast

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Description American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis), also known as common elderberry, is a deciduous shrub. This elderberry has beautiful white flowers and dark berries. Both the flowers, known as elderflowers, and the ripe berries are edible to humans. This hardy plant is deer and walnut tolerant. Bird and pollinators both love this shrub.
Height 5 – 12 ft.
Spread 5 – 12 ft.
Growth rate Fast
Sun Full sun to shade
Water use Medium
Soil Moist, rich soils
Bloom & Fruit
Bloom time July – August
Bloom color White
Fruit type Berry
Edible/Inedible Edible
Nativeness Native
Benefits Fruit, good for wildlife, good for pollinators, showy flowers, deer resistant
Climate Change Hardiness Medium adaptability (US Forest Service)

Additional information


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