Catalogue A# 0097-014 Z46
GPS 45D 43' 56" N / 108D 37' 18" W
Sambucus canadensis cv. 'Aurea'
Origin: North America
Common name: American Elderberry
Location: Plaza Junction
Number in accession: 1
Curator's note: Heavily pruned 2018-showing some stress-very fruitful-made syrup from berries 2017
This 14 inch Broadleaf Elderberry provides overall benefits of: $75 every year.
Common elderberry is a large multi-stemmed, native shrub with showy white flower clusters in mid-summer followed by juicy, blue-black fruits. Plants are coarse and best used for naturalizing or as a back of the border hedge. Also known as Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis.
Tree or Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: North America
Landscape Uses: Hedge, Massing, Mixed border, Screen
Size Range: Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 , Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Soil Preference: Acid soil, Alkaline soil, Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest: Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer
Flower Color & Fragrance: Fragrant, White
Shape or Form: Broad, Multi-stemmed, Round
Growth Rate: Moderate, Fast
Size & form
A large, sprawling native shrub reaching up to 10 feet high, forming large colonies.
Tree & Plant Care
Full sun to part shade in well-drained soil
Thrives in acid or alkaline soils
Suckering stems form colonies, prune to maintain size
Disease, pests, and problems
Leaf spots, cankers, borers, powdery mildew, spider mites, and aphids
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Tolerant of temporary wet sites, salt, and black walnut toxicity