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American Elder

American Elder Sambucus canadensis



Average Shipping Height: 1'6" - 2'
Item #3772
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Overview

The American Elder grows in zones 4-9.
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 1'6"–2'


Your Shrub’s Personality

Mature Height

5'–12'

Mature Spread

5'–12'

Growth Rate

Fast

Shape

Rounded

Sun Preference

Full Sun, Partial Shade,

Soil Preference

Acidic, Clay, Drought-tolerant, Loamy, Moist, Rich, Sandy, Well-drained, Wet,

Wildlife Value

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

History/Lore

It was introduced in 1761.

Planting Instructions


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