Elderberry, American

Size: 12-18”

Age: 1-0 


This is a slow to medium grower, at no more than 24” annually, though it may grow only 12” or less. At maturity, it averages 5-12’ tall with a 6-12’ spread. They prefer sandy or loamy soil, but will tolerate other soil types well. Requires moist to wet soil. Produces clusters of small, edible, fragrant white flowers in the spring. The black-colored berries ripen from August-September. This bush will produce a small number of berries the same year that it is planted, with larger yields in subsequent years. Often grown for their fall color, residential use, and wildlife value. Maximum fruit production occurs when two varieties are planted within 60’ of each other. The berries will attract birds and other wildlife to your garden. Berries taste quite bitter when fresh, but are often used in wines, juices, teas, pies, and jellies.


Full sun to partial shade - Minimum 4 hrs./day of sunlight

Elderberry, American

Bundle Quantity

  • All seedling sizes are provided by our supplier and reflect the average size of the seedlings received. Sizes of each individual seedling may vary from the size listed under the product. Genesee Conservation District is not responsible for any size discrepancies.

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