American Elder (Gallon) freeshipping - Rochester Pollinators
American Elder (Gallon) freeshipping - Rochester Pollinators
American Elder (Gallon) freeshipping - Rochester Pollinators
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American Elder (Gallon)

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Deciduous Shrub
Sun: Full to partial sun
Bloomtime: May–July
Bloom Color:  White
Height: 6’–10’
Moisture: Medium–Moist
Soil: Clay, loam, sand
Attracts: Butterflies and other pollinators, birds
Pollinator Benefit: provides nesting material for native bees; good nectar source

American Elder (Black Elder) (Sambucus nigra, ssp. canadensis) is covered with large umbels of clustered white flowers that provide nectar from June to July, followed by a profusion of dark purple berry clusters in late summer. The fruit is prized by birds and makers of wine and jellies, alike. Feather-like compound leaves grace this shrub, and provide outstanding cover and nesting sites for songbirds.

Prefers moist areas and is tolerant of a wide range of soils in full to partial sun.

Typically growing up to 10 feet tall, Elderberry spreads to form a thicket. For this reason it is best planted in settings where it can naturalize and spread a little. In a maintained landscape the suckers can be pruned to control spreading.


Edibility:
American Elder (Sambucus canadensis) (Sambucus nigra, ssp. candensis is the native to Michigan, the Sambucus nigra is the European variety)

  • Edible Elderberries--only when completely ripe (dark purple)
    • Always cook; Do not eat raw--raw can be toxic
    • May be dried to preserve
    • Cooked elderberries are safe and delicious
      • syrups
      • wine
      • pie
  • Elder Flowers, AKA Elderflowers
    • fresh or dried
    • syrups
    • Tea (link to how to make Elderberry Tea)