Sambucus racemosa
Red Elderberry

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Butterfly FriendlyRain GardenPart Shade
Red Elderberry
Sambucus racemosa

Red Elderberry has large pyramidal clusters of creamy white flowers in spring that are a good source of nectar for insects. Clusters of red berries follow in summer and are a great source of food for birds and other wildlife. This large shrub is easy to grow and moist tolerant.

Tolerates wet feet
Easy care and fast growing
Key nesting site for native insects
Native songbirds love its fall berries
Berries make great wine or jam
A nectar magnet for native bees and butterflies

Native Range

moist areas from Coast to Coast with the exception of Nebraska south to Texas and all the Gulf Coast States

Interesting Facts

Early Americans used this plant's hollow stems as straws, blowpipes, whistles and pipe stems. Bark was used to help new mothers produce milk and leaves were mashed to relieve sore muscles and blood poisoning.


Prefers full sun to light shade, in moist to mesic conditions. Where summer weather is hot, some protection from the afternoon sun is desirable.

Mature Size: 10-18ft. Tall x 8-10ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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