Sambucus racemosa

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Sambucus Racemosa
Sambucus Racemosa

Red Elderberry has large pyramidal clusters of creamy white flowers in spring that are a good source of nectar for insects. Clusters of red berries follow in summer and are a great source of food for birds and other wildlife. This large shrub is easy to grow and moist tolerant.

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Tolerates wet feet
Easy care and fast growing
Key nesting site for native insects
Native songbirds love its fall berries
Berries make great wine or jam
A nectar magnet for native bees and butterflies

10-18 Feet

8-10 Feet

Native Range
moist areas from Coast to Coast with the exception of Nebraska south to Texas and all the Gulf Coast States

Native Trivia
Early Americans used this plant’s hollow stems as straws, blowpipes, whistles and pipe stems. Bark was used to help new mothers produce milk and leaves were mashed to relieve sore muscles and blood poisoning.

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