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Flowers and Fruit on a Hardy, Native Shrub

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.

Gardeners sing your American Elderberry’s praises for three main reasons.  It’s an adaptable, hardy shrub that requires little care, delivers decorative spring flowers and provides fall fruit for both gardener and wildlife. 

The show begins with large, flat-topped panicles of petite, fragrant flowers (an attractive lure to your butterflies and hummingbirds).  The grey/brown bark is a lovely backdrop for the pinnate foliage that supports up to eleven bright green leaflets on each leaf. 

As the flowers fade, the 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 a last gasp of seasonal interest.

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. 

It prefers moist soil and full sun, but is tolerant of a wide variety of soil conditions.  It is sometimes used effectively for erosion control and doesn’t mind extensive pruning if you prefer to hold it to a particular shape/size.  The autumn fruit is popular with wildlife, but save some yourself to enjoy in pies, preserves or even homemade wine.

* Fast growing
* Spring flowers
* Fall fruit
* Wildlife interest
* Used for erosion control

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

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 .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

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Shipping

To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep.
Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.
*If you have found your zone already, the table above will highlight your zone.
Color Zone Times
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4 Spring 2019
5 Spring 2019
6 Spring 2019
7 Spring 2019
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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 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

American Elderberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Sambucus canadensis
Foliage Green
Mature Height 8 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 12 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color White
Fall Color Yellow