Sambucus nigra var. canadensis

Common name: Elderberry

Native plant

A great plant for shrub borders that have half-day sun. The small flowers mass together in 6-12 inch wide flat-topped cymes in June. The purple-black fruit from August to September is relished by birds and humans. If the plant gets too large for an area, it may be cut to the ground in March and will still flower the same year.


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Pricing information per unit for 5 gallon growing method
1 to 10 units $19.50
11 to 24 units $17
25 or more units $14.50

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic, Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom period

Late Spring


Lightly compacted soils, New construction, Road-side/salt tolerant, Floodplain

Growth form

Multi-stemmed, Colonizing

General information

Mature height
8 Feet
Mature width
6 Feet
Max height
12 Feet
Max width
8 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Fall color

Additional information

Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Edible fruit

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