Sun: Full to partial sun
Soil: Clay, loam, sand
Attracts: Butterflies and other pollinators, birds
Red-berried Elder (Sumbucus racemosa) is also known as Red Elder or Red Elderberry. It can grow in partial shade but full sun will yield best foliage color. Tolerates a wide range of soils, but prefers moist, humusy, nutrient-rich, neutral to slightly acidic loams. Spreads by root suckers to form colonies. If space is limited, prune suckers as they appear in early spring. Resistant to deer.
Leaves grow in pinnate clusters of 5-7 green leaflets. It has small fragrant white flowers that grow in dome-like clusters. The berries are good food for wildlife, but should only be consumed by humans if cooked. They may be used for wine, jelly and pies.