Description

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**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Prefers moist, well-drained soil
  • Thrives in full sun to partial shade
  • Tolerant of a wide range of soil types, including loamy and clay soils
  • Requires consistent moisture, especially during hot, dry periods
  • Hardy in USDA zones 3-9

Features:

Common Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) is a versatile deciduous shrub renowned for its clusters of creamy-white flowers in spring followed by clusters of dark purple to black berries in late summer. This native plant is prized for its ornamental beauty, edible berries, and ecological benefits, making it a valuable addition to gardens, naturalized landscapes, and wildlife habitats.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, Common Elderberry can reach a height of 5 to 12 feet with a spread of 5 to 10 feet. Its upright, multi-stemmed growth habit forms a dense thicket of arching branches adorned with compound leaves and large, flat clusters of fragrant flowers and berries. The foliage turns a yellow-green in the fall, adding seasonal interest to the landscape.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

Common Elderberry offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Wildlife Attraction: Its flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, while its berries are a valuable food source for birds and small mammals, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance.
  • Soil Stabilization: The extensive root system of Common Elderberry helps prevent erosion and improves soil structure, making it suitable for planting near water edges and in floodplain areas.
  • Medicinal and Culinary Uses: The berries of Common Elderberry are edible when cooked and are used in jams, pies, and herbal teas. Additionally, elderflowers are used in herbal remedies and beverages.
  • Visual Appeal: With its showy clusters of flowers and berries, lush foliage, and arching branches, Common Elderberry adds beauty and texture to landscapes, gardens, and naturalized areas, creating a visually appealing and dynamic environment.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Common Elderberry is relatively low-maintenance, requiring occasional pruning to maintain shape and encourage fruit production. Its adaptability to various soil conditions and resilience make it an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a versatile and beneficial plant that enhances both the aesthetic and ecological value of their outdoor spaces.