At least 50 species of songbirds, upland game birds, and small mammals relish the fruit of American elder during summer and early fall.
Quick Growing Guide
Botanical Name: Sambucus canadensis
Also Called: White Elder, Common Elderberry, Sureau du Canada, Sirop blanc.
En français: Sureau blanc
Water: Need for lots of water.
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 used to make jellies, pies, juice, and wine and also to attract a variety of different bird species. To ensure a good crop, plant more than one shrub.
Best Soil: Does best in moist, humous soils, but will tolerate dry soils and is pH adaptable.
Its natural habitat: Low ground, thickets, edges of woods, roadsides, fence rows, rich moist lowlands..
Caring for American Elder
Transplants easily. Clusters of white flowers in July. Edible purple-black berries.
Companion plant suggestions include Shrub borders, roadside plantings, native plants