Sambucus – Instant Karma® – Elderberry – Sambucus nigra

Garden Height
72 - 96
72 - 96
72 - 96
Container Role
Flower Size
Flower Colors
Light Level
Part Sun to Sun, Sun
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Attracts: Bees, Birds

Resists: Deer, Rabbits

Drought Tolerant

Fragrant Flower

Fun Facts Elderberry flowers are edible - in Europe, they dip freshly opened clusters into batter, deep fry them, and dust them with powdered sugar for a late spring treat.

Foliage Interest

Maintenance Notes
Elderberries look great unpruned, but they take well to pruning too. They are best pruned after blooming, although if you are growing it primarily as a foliage plant, it can be pruned in early spring. This plant is not recommended for hot climates (zone 8 and warmer).

Uses Notes PLEASE NOTE: To produce berries, you'll need a Black Lace®, Black Beauty®, or Laced Up® elderberry as a pollinator.

Maintenance Category Easy

Water Category Average

Blooms On Old Wood

Bloom Time

Flower Form Border Plant, Good for Screening, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point

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