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Elderberry, Sambucus canadensis

Zone 3-8 

Height 3-14' Spread 10-15'


Habitat.  Elderberry is found throughout Michigan along streams, the edge of cultivated fields and other damp sites. Elderberry is in the muskroot family and is one of 7 native species . It is found from Nova Scotia to Manitoba to Texas to Georgia. 

Leaves. The common elderberry has 7 or more leaflets, . 

Flowers. Elderberry flowers appear from June to August, creamy-white flat topped clusters, 5 to 7 inches across. When in full bloom it can be pretty spectacular.

Fruit. The fruit is small, blue to black and are real tasty. Common uses are pies, drinks and birdies.

Winter Buds. The buds are small brown or green.

Bark. Bark on elderberry is greenish or gray streaked with white.

Wood. Since the elderberry is a shrub the wood uses are limited.

Pests. No serious pests are known that attack elderberry.

Distribution. Elderberry are distributed from lower Canada west to Manitoba and in the states from Georgia to Texas and north.

Other.  Often brought by pioneer families and seeded in the homesteads as a staple food source.

Similar varieties. Sambucus racemosa the red elderberry is found in more northern, dryer locations. European elderberry is found in New England




To buy Elderberry seedlings by PHONE: We're glad to take your order by phone. 231-544-6769  Phone orders can be charged to Discover, American Express, VISA or MasterCard accounts.

To buy Elderberry seedling by MAIL: For those who wish to order by mail or prefer to send a check, send orders to: Porcupine Hollow Farm   8593 W. Old State Rd.  Central Lake, Mi. 49622

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Shipping & Handling: Most orders are shipped UPS. Make sure we have your street address and a daytime phone number.

Please include 20% shipping and packaging with your order.

    Minimum shipping $15    

Michigan Residents add 6% sales tax.