Blue Elderberry


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Sambucus caerulea

Size/Zone: BR 12 – 18″

Sun: Full sun, can tolerate sun or some shade, or full shade

Soil Conditions: Prefers well drained soils

Special Uses:  Supports pollinators, birds, hummingbirds

Fast growing handsome shrub.  Excellent food and cover species. White flower clusters produce edible berries.

Habitat Notes: Thrives along streambanks & forest edges.  Tends to dry out easily. Needs some moisture year around. Will tolerate sun exposure if it has moisture around roots. Hardiness at a young age goes up significantly with seedling size when planted (bigger is better).

ID Notes:  Upright tree / shrub. Plumes of yellowish-white flowers in early summer. Opposite, oblong leaves with pointed tips. Leaves are 15-25 cm long, 1-5 cm wide (longer than red elderberry). Large blue fruit clusters.


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Height at 20 yrs. 20 ft. Deer Browse Low
Mature Height  20 ft. Wildlife Value   High
Growth Rate Moderate Timber Value   N/A
Lifespan Moderate Resprout Ability  Yes
Moisture Use High Hardiness  Low-Moderate
Drought Tolerance Low
Sun Tolerance Moderate

USDA Plant Database

Wildflower Native Plant Database

Photo Credits: The Wild Garden,