Sambucus canadensis / Elderberry


A multi-stemmed shrub topped with large white flower clusters that mature into small purple fruits. Fruits are relished by frugivorous (fruit-eating!) birds. Grows quickly in moist soils of all types.

Flowers are made into tea used by herbalists to reduce fever, fruits are used for syrups and jams and are widely recognized for supporting immunity and improving recovery from colds and flu.

Host to at least three moth species.

Height: 5′ – 8′        Blooms: June    Fruit: July, August

Siting: Average to wet, sun to shade

Deer Resistance: Moderate

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (moths):
Bent-line Gray
Purplish-brown Looper
Ruby Quaker


Additional information


Two Quart, Gallon