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Sambucus nigra

Common Name(s):
European elderberry
Cultivar(s):
Albo-variegata, Marginata, Variegata
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Shrub with edible blue-black fruit attracts birds; suckers to form colonies; weedy; rapid growth rate

Height:
10-20 ft.
Foliage:
Opposite, pinnate compound dark green leaves; 3 to 9 leaflets; unpleasant odor when crushed
Flower:
Yellowish white flowers on 5 to 8 in. flat-topped cyme in summer; lustrous black fruit in fall
Zones:
5 to 7
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
Form:
Large multi-stemmed shrub or small tree
Tags:
birds, deciduous

NCCES plant id: 1766

Sambucus nigra 'Variegata' Sambucus nigra 'Variegata'
Photo by Leonora Enking, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Sambucus nigra Sambucus nigra flower detail
Photo by Andreas Rockstein, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Sambucus nigra Sambucus nigra fruit
Photo by Helga G. , CC BY-ND-2.0