Sambucus canadensis 'Adams' - American Elderberry
Sambucus canadensis 'Adams'
Elderberry has large flat-topped clusters of fragrant white flowers in spring that are a good source of nectar for insects. Clusters of dark purple berries follow in summer and are an great source of food for birds and other wildlife. Birds such as woodpeckers forage in the clumps for insects.
- 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.