Elderberry is a deciduous, sprawling, and suckering shrub. It can be found on streambanks and in moist woodlands. It works well as a rain garden plant or in a pollinator garden. With its showy, lemon scented flowers, and sweet clusters of berries, it attracts both birds and butterflies. Raw berries may cause nausea, so cooking them is recommended. Elderberry is tolerant of erosion, clay, and wet soils, but is not deer tolerant.