Description + Attributes:

Sometimes propagated as an ornamental shrub, the elderberry is a member of the honeysuckle family. It attracts birds and butterflies and can be pruned back every few years to keep it looking good in a landscaped garden. This deciduous small tree produces a fruit that, in recent years has become very popular. The white flowers transform into dark purple fruit late summer. Although the flowers and berries can be edible all other parts of this plant are poisonous containing toxic calcium oxalate crystals.

  • Grows in a rounded shape.
  • Should be pruned regularly to maintain its multi-stemmed form.
  • Blooms in the summer, producing small, star-shaped yellowish-white flowers in clusters 6–10" wide.
  • Yields edible dark purple berries August–September--good for jellies, pies, juice and wine. For best fruiting, plant multiple shrubs.
  • Features pinnately compound dark green leaves with 5–11 (typically 7) leaflets, each 2–6" long.
  • Can be pruned into a single-stemmed small tree.


Tree Type




Mature Size

Height 6’-12’

& Width 6’-12’


Growth Rate


24”+/ year


Wildlife Value

The edible berries provide food for birds and other animals.


Full Sun/Partial Shade

Loamy, rich, sandy, silty loam, well drained, wet and clay soils.

  Moderate Drought Tolerance

Elderberry - Bundle of 25 - Bare Root


    Sibley Soil & Water

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