Sambucus canadensis

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Pollinator Plants, Rain Gardens

Height: 5 to 12'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: June to July

Bloom Color: White

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Soil Type: Well drained; prefers humus-rich.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: American black elderberry, Canada elderberry

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Elderberry is a deciduous, sprawling, and suckering shrub. It can be found on stream banks 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. Elderberry has high wildlife value, as its flowers provide pollen to a wide variety of insects, and its berries feed birds, mammals, and even turtles on occasion. Raw berries may cause nausea in humans, so cooking them is recommended – you can make them into a delicious, immune-boosting syrup. Elderberry is tolerant of erosion, clay, and wet soils, but is not deer tolerant.


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5 to 12'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

June to July

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium to Wet

Soil Type

Well drained; prefers humus-rich.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

American black elderberry, Canada elderberry

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Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

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