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American Elderberry
Catalogue A# 0097-014 Z46
GPS 45D 43' 56" N / 108D 37' 18" W

Sambucus canadensis cv. 'Aurea'

Family: Caprifoliaceae

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

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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
More Information:
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
Often short-lived.
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

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