Sambucus caerulea
Blue Elderberry

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DESCRIPTION
Blue Elderberry
Sambucus caerulea

This large decidous shrub features compound bright green leaves starting in April followed by dense clusters of white flat topped flowers in late May. These flowers provide nectar and pollen to many winged creatures while sky blue berry clusters are heavy, edible and prized by native birds.

BENEFITS
Fragrant flowers attract native butterflies
Tolerates wet feet
Easy care and fast growing
Unusual berry color brightens the landscape
Native songbirds love its fall berries
Berries make great wine or jam
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Forest edge or stream sidee from Washington south into California and east through the Rocky Mountain States, New Mexico and Texas.

Interesting Facts

Most songbirds travel at night. They spend the daylight hours resting and searching for food in the unfamiliar places where they stop. It is thought that the lower night temperatures and stiller air make better flying conditions.

GROWING TIPS

Prefers full sun to partial shade, well drained moist to dry soil.

Mature Size: 15-20ft. Wide x 15-20ft. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 5-10

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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