The Elderberry tree is a shrub that produces edible flowers and fruit. There are several types of elderberry trees but the most common types are European and American Elderberry shrubs. The Elderberry has a long history of being used for its medicinal properties. The berries are high in antioxidants and contain more Vitamin C than oranges. People have used them to help alleviate symptoms of the common cold and to treat the flu. In addition to their medicinal properties, Elderberries can be used to make jam, juice, tea, even wine.
Climate Zone: 3 to 8
Mature Height: 10 to 12 feet
Mature Width: 8 to 20 feet
Sunlight: partial shade to full sun
Soil Conditions: slightly acidic, moist soil
Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra (European) or Sambucus Canadensis (American)