American Elderberry

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Gardeners sing praises for the American Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) for three main reasons. It's an adaptable, hardy shrub that requires little care, delivers decorative spring flowers, and provides fall fruit for both gardeners and wildlife. The tropical dark green foliage grows fast and fills these informal shrubs with lush greenery!

The show begins with large, flat-topped panicles of petite, fragrant flowers, which are attractive lures to your butterflies and hummingbirds! The greyish-brown bark is a lovely backdrop for the pinnate foliage that supports up to eleven bright green leaflets on each leaf! The big flat-topped blooms

As the flowers fade, the Elderberry fruit develops. By fall you'll enjoy the multitude of small, berry-like drupes, their black coloring standing out amid your shrub's foliage. As autumn progresses, American Elderberry's foliage tints to an attractive yellow for the last gasp of seasonal interest. Hardy throughout USDA 3 through 9, these are very adaptable native shrubs!

Planting and Application:

American Elderberry will grow up to 12 feet in height with a 10-foot spread. It's a deciduous shrub with an upright, vase shape. American Elderberry is a fast grower, so you won't have to wait long to benefit from all the wonderful features that this incredible shrub has to offer. The late summer fruit is popular with wildlife, but save some yourself to enjoy in pies, preserves, or even homemade wine. The flowers and fruit hold amazing health benefits and are well touted for their support for the immune system!

The American Elderberry is a showy, ornamental shrub. Plant several as a border, or just one in a naturalized garden area for some decorative interest. However you choose to use it, its flowers and fruit are sure to be an attractive and useful addition to your landscape. Create windbreaks, groves, or shelterbelts of these fast growers for wildlife to roost and feast in, or just plant one in the corner of your landscape to add to your edible landscaping diversity!

  • Big Flat Flower Clusters
  • Long Tropical Foliage
  • Fast-Growing Informal Shrubs
  • Pollinators, Wildlife & Songbird Friendly
  • Medicinal & Edible Flowers & Fruit

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Elderberry bushes prefer moist soil and full sun but are tolerant of a wide variety of soil conditions and even partial shade (but you'll have significantly fewer flowers and fruit). Provide a mulched location and prune these low-maintenance shrubs in late winter or early spring before you see new growth.

  • Full Sun
  • Moist Well-Drained Soil
  • Highly Adaptable
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Some Fall Color!

Edible and medicinal fruit and flowers, plus a huge boost to pollinators, birds and wildlife in your area! Order your own American Elderberry today at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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American Elderberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Sambucus canadensis
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 12 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Moist
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Green
Foliage Green
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant