American Elder

Sambucus canadensis

Sureau blanc

  At least 50 species of songbirds, upland game birds, and small mammals relish the fruit of American elder during summer and early fall. American Elder is fast-growing shrub is known for its large clusters of yellowish-white, star-shaped flowers. Grown as a border, it provides an incredible summer floral display.  The dark purple elderberries are…


In nature Low ground, thickets, edges of woods, roadsides, fence rows, rich moist lowlands..


Companion plant suggestions include Shrub borders, roadside plantings, native plants

Caring for American Elder

Transplants easily. Clusters of white flowers in July. Edible purple-black berries.

It is happiest in Does best in moist, humous soils, but will tolerate dry soils and is pH adaptable.

In terms of water, American Elder needs Need for lots of water.