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