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Elderberry, American – 12-24″

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American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is a beautiful deciduous shrub with excellent wildlife value.  Its berries attract a wide range of bird species, and it also hosts a number of native moth and butterfly species.  American elderberry typically grows from 5 to 12 feet tall, tolerates flooding and transplants well.  It is slow-growing in shade but fast growing in full sunlight.

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Product Description


  • Seedling Size:   12-24″
  • Seedling Age:   1-0
  • Mature Height:   5 – 12 feet
  • Mature Width:   5 – 12 feet
  • Soil Type:    Clay, well-drained
  • Moisture:   Moderate to moist
  • Sun:   Full sun or partial shade
  • Growth Rate:   Fast

Key Characteristics of American Elderberry

  • Flowers in clusters from May to July.
  • Yellowish gray stems, covered in lenticels.
  • Compound, opposite leaves.  Serrated, 2-6 inches long.
  • Fruit clusters mature in September and are edible.

Visitors Attracted to American Elderberry

  • Spring azure (Celastrina ladon)
  • Scarlet tanger (Piranga olivacea)
  • Yellow warbler (Dendroica petechia)

Help Control Invasives!

American elderberry makes a great alternative to European cranberry (Viburnum opulus), a non-native plant that has become invasive in some areas.

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