Elderberry, Blue (Sambucus caerulea) potted shrub
$7.50 – $50.00
Family: Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae)
Hardy to Zones 5 to 7
(Blue Elderberry, Blue Elder) Deciduous shrub to small tree native to Western US. Wild form. A pretty tree, tough in the landscape, bedecked in season by lush flowers and then dangling clusters of blue berries, characteristically dusted with white wax. Elderberry berries are rich in anthocyanins, bioflavonoids, vitamins and antioxidants. Plant prefers shade to sun and likes a lot of water. Elderberries are heavy nitrogen feeders and will do well under N-fixing trees such as alders, or may be composted in the domestic garden, which really stimulates production of stem, leaf, flower and fruit. Space trees 15 feet apart.