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ElderberryFenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)


The Elderberry plants are flowering bushes and shrubs that grow a yellow-white flower in disks that face up. The bushes are often wide in diameter to allow each flower to have as much sun as possible.
Elderberry Sambucus nigra

Gardening Tips

Care Known Problems How to Harvest Mature Size Notes/Uses
Elderberry shrubs are tolerant to light shade and most pH levels, with an especially high tolerance for high alkaline soil The black elder shrub is poisonous to humans if eaten raw, but can be easily identified by looking for their distinctive dark purple leaves The flowers and berries of Elderberry plants can both be plucked with ease with no damage to the shrub Matured Elderberry shrubs can grow to be 20 feet tall Elderberries are a popular natural remedy for common colds, and have been used for centuries