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blue elderberry

Sambucus cerulea

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Bloom time:
medium - high
full sun - part shade
upright
to 20'
white
late summer

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

An elderberry this size can provide enough berries for several gallons of wine, and probably other things too
An elderberry this size can provide enough berries for several gallons of wine, and probably other things too

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Elderberries have berries! It's one of the best features.
Elderberries have berries! It's one of the best features.

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Flat elderberry inflorescence
Flat elderberry inflorescence

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

An elderberry this size can provide enough berries for several gallons of wine, and probably other things too
An elderberry this size can provide enough berries for several gallons of wine, and probably other things too

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Blue elderberry is a must for anyone into home food preservation. Heavy bunches of pale blue berries produce sweet deep purple juice when crushed, perfect for wines and jams. If you don't use the berries, birds will be happy to help out. A 'pet' elderberry is truly a specimen plant, with giant pinnate leaves and thick rapidly-growing cane-like stems. Established elderberry can tolerate substantial drought, but give it moderate irrigation for a few seasons to let it achieve fruit-bearing size. Plant with thimbleberry and chokecherry for an edible thicket.