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American Elder

Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9
Average shipping height: 2' - 3'
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  • Bare Root
    Member Price $9.99
    Reg. Price $12.99
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This fast-growing shrub is known for its large clusters of yellowish-white, star-shaped flowers. Grown as a border, it provides an incredible summer floral display. But its lovely flowers aren’t the American elder’s only claim to fame. The dark purple elderberries are used to make jellies, pies, juice, and wine and to draw in a variety of different bird species. To ensure a good crop, plant more than one shrub.

  • Displays star-shaped yellowish-white flowers
  • Produces edible dark purple berries 
  • Can be used as a hedge or pruned into a single-stemmed small tree
  • Will be delivered at a height of 2'– 3'
The American Elder Grows in zones 4 - 9

Your Tree’s Personality



Growth Speed


Scientific Name

Sambucus canadensis

Mature Height

5' - 12'

Mature Spread

5' - 12'

Shipping Height

2' - 3'

Sun Preference

Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade

Soil Preference

Acidic, Clay, Drought, Loamy, Moist, Rich, Sandy, Silty Loam, Well Drained, Wet

Wildlife Value

The edible berries provide food for dozens of bird species and other wildlife.


It was introduced in 1761.

Planting Instructions

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