University of Rhode Island

Sambucus canadensis

Common Elderberry

Multi stemmed shrub, leafs out early. Dark green foliage, white flowers mid summer. Small edible purple fruits in fall, attractive to birds. Transplants well. Prefers moist soil, will tolerate wet areas or dry soil, pH adaptable. Tolerates some shade. Native to RI. 5-12’ x 5-12’.

Top image: Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database, Bottom image: Ted Bodner @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / James H. Miller and Karl V. Miller. 2005. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. University of Georgia Press., Athens.

Image courtesy of Virginia Tech. Department of Forestry

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