blue elderberry (Sambucus cerulea)

large cluster of blue berries hanging from branch with narrow green leaves

blue elderberry


Common name: blue elderberry
Botanical name: (Sambucus cerulea)

Light: full sun
Height: 6 – 13 feet
Water: moderate to high
Soil type: firm sandy loam to clay soils

Deciduous shrub with tall, hollow stems; white flowers in June; blue berries in fall – best harvested after frost – make delicious jelly and wine; does well in higher elevations

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