Elderberry, American

Scientific Name: Sambucus canadensis

Family: Adoxaceae

Height: 5 – 12 ft.

Spread: 5 – 12 ft.

Bloom Time: June

Native Range: North, Central, and northern South America, Pennsylvania

Ecological Value: Nectar source, berries for birds

Human Value: Berries may be used for jams, baking, and wine making.

August 5, 2020: In the spring of 2019, I planted two elderberries on the espalier along our south side walk. I planted a third in the hedge along the northern property line near the Sweet Birch. All three have grown heartily and I look forward to our first fruit crop this fall.

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