Elderberry

Sambucus canadensis

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

North American native cultivar grows as large shrub and propagates readily by suckering.  Large corymbs of white summer flowers set clusters of small berries.  Famous for wine and spirit making, as well as making jams and jellies. Believed for centuries to have medicinal properties, it is still commonly used in cough syrup.  Elderberry is also useful as a natural dye.

Only ripe berries should be consumed, other parts of plant have varying degrees of toxicity.

Will tolerate many soil conditions but thrives in moist locations.

Elderberry flowers in June

Grab your floppy hat and plant something!