Sambucus canadensis (Common Elderberry) - 3 Gallon

Part Number:
Attracts Pollinators:
Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Bloom Time:
Early Summer, Mid Summer
Common Name:
Common Elderberry, American Black Elderberry
Hardiness Zone:
Zone 3
Latin Name:
Sambucus canadensis
Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade
Plant Height:
Plant Width:
Pot Size:
3 Gallon
Halifax Store:
Low Availability
Bloom Colour:
Berries, Fragrant, Fall Interest, Tolerates Clay Soils, Tolerates Wet Soils
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Available in Store Only


Large clusters of fragrant, white flowers appear in spring and are followed by clusters of dark purple to black, berries in late summer to fall. Fruit can be harvested for making elderberry wine and jam, or left on the plant to provide seasonal forage for wildlife. Grow it as a shrub, or cut it back each year and use it as a bold perennial.

Grow in medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils, but prefers moist, humusy ones. Spreads by root suckers to form colonies. Prune suckers as they appear unless naturalizing.

Halifax Seed’s Plant Material Return Policy offers a 1-year guarantee on shrubs up to Zone 4, and a 90-day guarantee on shrubs Zone 5 and higher. If a plant has died despite reasonable evidence of care, Halifax Seed will replace the plant or offer store credit equal to the original purchase price. Original receipt and defective plant material must be presented to cashier at time of return.


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