General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 5 to 8 feet
Plant Spread: 5 to 8 feet - spreads by root suckers to form colonies
Leaves: Deciduous
Other: Deeply cut laciniate leaflets
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Erosion control
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • American Elderberry
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Sambucus canadensis
  • Synonym: Sambucus nigra subsp. canadensis

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