American Elderberry

Sambucus canadensis

  • Pleasantly fragrant white flowers in a flat-topped cluster
  • Purple-black berries in clusters, August to September, will attract birds
  • Compound pinnate medium-green leaves turn yellow in the fall
  • Mostly vertical with weak stems; will colonize by way of root suckers
  • Bloom Time: July


White, Yellow

250-300 cm

200-250 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

A vigorous shrub that will tolerate many soil and light conditions. Suckering freely, it is excellent for re-naturalization. 

Additional Notes about American Elderberry:

Native to Ontario and other parts of North America.

All parts of the plant are toxic to human beings, pets and livestock. But because of the distinctive odour of the leaves, animals tend to avoid it.

The berries, high in antioxidants, are edible only if cooked. Uncooked berries can induce illness, and some people have a sensitivity to the berries even after they are cooked.