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Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea (Elderberry)

Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea
Blue Elderberry, Blue Elder, Blueberry Elder, Mexican Elder, Arizona Elderberry, New Mexico Elderberry, Velvet-leaf Elderberry, Hairy Blue Elderberry

This summer-deciduous small tree has an extensive range, from west Texas to California and into Mexico. Older trees develop gnarly, twisted trunks. The compound leaves have slightly toothed, sandpapery leaflets. Flattened clusters of creamy-white flowers occur in the winter and spring. The edible, tart, blue-black fruit is a favorite of many migratory birds. Plant in full to part sun and provide moderate summer irrigation to speed the growth rate.

Plant Type Native, Shrub, Tree
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zone Zone 7 (0° F)
Flower Color White
Flower Season Spring, Summer, Winter
Growth Rate Moderate, Slow
Height 20 (ft)
Spread 25 (ft)
Spacing 20' (ft)
Characteristics Fruit & Berries, Showy
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators, Wildlife
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Specimen
Tolerance Cold, Deer, Heat
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: Wiki Commons
Image by: Wiki Commons

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