- Height: 5-10 feet; 3-8 feet wide
- Light: Full sun to part shade; best in full sun
- Soil: Medium to wet, well drained; adaptable
- Blooms: May-July white or cream
- Fruit: nutritious, edible, black
- Landscape: Butterfly or native garden, specimen, hedge, rain garden.
- More information and native range here
- Fun fact: Scientifically proven to stimulate the immune system and offer protection against the common cold (Marilandica, Fall 2021)
Pollinator value: Very High
Large clusters of white to light pink flowers attract butterflies, native bees and a host of other pollinators. Birds and mammals eat the berries and deer browse the twigs.
Elderberry is known also for its medicinal properties and sweet purplish to black berries. Native Americans and early pioneers used various parts of the eldeberry to treat swellings and respiratory diseases, and to reduce fever.
Elderberry features graceful branches with glorious and bountiful spring flowers and red and purple berries. The berries are edible and good in jams, pies, teas, wines, etc.