Sambucus canadensis x 'Wyldewood' - Wyldewood Elderberry
Sambucus canadensis x 'Wyldewood'
A vigorous grower, ‘Wyldewood’ has massive 12-inch white flowers that are surrounded by green lance-shaped foliage. Blooms have a lemony scent and are open from June through July. By August, clusters of purple-black fruits emerge over the entirety of the plant. Use the berries or leave them on the plant for birds to feast on. Fruit is high in Vitamin C and can be used to make jellies, jams, or wine!
- Fragrant flowers attract birds, bees, and butterflies
- Old stems provide habitat for wintering insects
- The fruit is favored by birds and other wildlife
- Massive flowers create a showy summer display
- Elderberries make excellent jams and jellies
Moist woods, fields, and roadsides from Maine to Florida west to Montana and Arizona.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
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.
Grows well in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils. Adaptable to most soil conditions as long as it's well-drained. Plant in full sun or partial shade for brightest color. Prune out dead or weakened stems in early spring.