- 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.