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Elderberry, Red- 12-24″

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Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) is a beautiful medium height shrub with excellent wildlife value.  Its  bright scarlet to red colored berries are eaten by at least 23 bird species.  The berries are generally considered not to be for human consumption.

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Product Description


  • Seedling Size:   12-24″
  • Seedling Age:   1-0
  • Mature Height:   6 – 20 feet
  • Mature Width:   6 – 15 feet
  • Soil Type:    Well-drained, fertile
  • Moisture:   Moist
  • Sun:   Full sun or partial shade
  • Growth Rate:   Medium

Key Characteristics of Red Elderberry

  • Produces white flowers in the spring and red fruits in late June – August.
  • In the fall, the leaves turn red before being shed for the winter.
  • The dense roots and rhizomes make it useful for soil stabilization and erosion control on moist sites including streambanks

Visitors Attracted to Red Elderberry

  • Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)
  • Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
  • Red-Eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)

Help Control Invasives!

Red elderberry makes a great alternative to the invasive Bush honeysuckles (Lonicera morrowii, L. tatarica).

Image Credits

  • Red Elderberry – Rob Routledge, Sault College,
  • Red Elderberry Berries – Rob Routledge, Sault College,
  • Red Elderberry Twig- Rob Routledge, Sault College,