Featuring large, flat-topped clusters of fragrant white flowers in May, its profuse bloom and nectar are a native insect magnet. Dark purple berry clusters follow in summer and are a huge source of food for native birds and critters including woodpeckers drawn by insects. Fast growing and easy care.
Flowers provide nectar for many pollinators
The fruit is favored by birds and other wildlife
Old stems provide habitat for wintering insects
Excellent for naturalizing in moist soil
Easy to grow and tolerant
Fruit is perfect for jams and jellies
Moist woods, fields, and roadsides from Maine to Florida west to Montana and Arizona
The pithy stems of Elderberry are hollow and can be whittled to make flutes, whistles and blow guns. Stem sections were once used as drains for tapping sugar maple trees.
Prefers average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Spreads by root suckers to form colonies. Prune out dead or weakened stems in early spring.