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!
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!
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.
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 NatureHills.com!
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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|
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This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.
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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. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.
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.
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Sambucus canadensis|
|Mature Height||8 - 12 feet|
|Mature Spread||8 - 12 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Moisture||Moderate to Moist|
|Harvest Time||Mid Season|
|Pruning Time||When Dormant|