- 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, Moist
- Sun: Full Sun, 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.
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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. It poses an ecological threat by competing with native plants for habitat and resources. It can be found in swamps, bogs, stream banks, open woodlands, forest edges, hedgerows and thickets. It grows in both heavy clay and acidic soil (via Invasive Plant Atlas).