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Sambucus nigra s. cerulea

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Sambucus nigra s. cerulea

Blue Elderberry, Blueberry Elder

Community: Foothill

Brief Description

Decorative white flowers and dusty blue berries on a tall shrub.

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  • Fast-Growing Shrub
  • White Spring Bloom
  • Ornamental Blue Berries
  • Fruit Attracts Birds

Availability: Temporarily sold out. New inventory is made available in the spring and fall of each year.

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Plant Description and Details

Bold clusters of creamy white flowers in spring and metallic blue berry bunches in the early fall ornament the Blue Elderberry. It has a fast rate of growth, sending multiple stems up to 15' in several years to form a bird haven or privacy screen.It has an open, canopied feel, with palm-like leaves and branches that are pithy inside. Birds relish the berries, which are edible (but not tasty) for humans too.

Common Names Blue Elderberry, Blueberry Elder
Community Foothill
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant No
Native Range Along watercourses and on open slopes, throughout the western states.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun - Part Shade
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Ornamental shrub, bird sanctuary, or naturalized shrub setting.
Mature Height 12 - 20 ft.
Mature Width 8 ft.
Group Spacing 8-16 ft.
Blossom Color Creamy White
Blooms Spring
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips If you are in a low precipitation area, irrigate periodically. Remove old stems. Will take up mature size quickly (2-3 years)
Wildlife Notes Bird food, deer browse.
Plants Symbol SANIC5
Family Name Caprifoliaceae
Lewis & Clark No

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