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Elderberry Plant Sambucus

Elderberry Plant Sambucus

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Elderberry Plant Sambucus 

The plants are growing in 4 inch containers but will be shipped without the containers. The roots will be wrapped in damp paper towels and with plastic and ready to plant upon arrival. The plant will be between 7 to 10 inches in height with well-developed roots. Planting guidelines will also be included.

Elderberry is a beautiful shrub, or tree, that produces edible fruit and is loved by wildlife. This shrub grows in rounded, convex fashion, producing large clusters of cream to white flowers, which ripen to edible berries in the summer. If you would like to wake up to the sound of happy birds then be sure to plant one! The fruit is adored by birds, while bees and other native pollinators. are especially fond of the white flowers.

Elderberry can be trained into a large shrub or small tree, usually less than 20 feet tall, with an equal spread. It often has multiple trunks, arching outward. Leaves are glossy green, composed of 3-9 elliptical leaflets arranged bilaterally. Leaflets have fine teeth along the margins. Leaves are winter deciduous, although in our climate, leaves may be retained in winter or they may be shed earlier in response to dry summer conditions. Large, flat-topped clusters of tiny cream-colored flowers appear at the branch ends, mostly in March-September.

The fruits resemble black berries (technically they are drupes) hanging in pendulous clusters. They are covered with a waxy white powder that makes them appear pale blue, but the degree of waxiness, and hence the shade of blue, is variable. There are 3-5 seeds in each fruit which ripens in the summer.

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