This 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. But its lovely flowers aren’t the American elder’s only claim to fame. The dark purple elderberries are used to make jellies, pies, juice, and wine and to draw in a variety of different bird species. To ensure a good crop, plant more than one shrub.
- Displays star-shaped yellowish-white flowers
- Produces edible dark purple berries
- Can be used as a hedge or pruned into a single-stemmed small tree
- Will be delivered at a height of 1’6″–2′
- The American Elder grows in zones 4-9
- Mature Height: 5’–12′
- Mature Spread: 5’–12′
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Shape: Rounded
- Sun Preference: Full Sun, Partial Shade
- Soil Preference: Acidic, Clay, Drought-tolerant, Loamy, Moist, Rich, Sandy, Well-drained, Wet
- Wildlife Value: The edible berries provide food for dozens of bird species and other wildlife.
It was introduced in 1761.