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Elderberry is an amazing shrub, offering so much to birds, pollinators, and our immune systems. Elderberry has medicinal anti-viral compounds that make it one of the best remedies in cold and flu season. The berries are delicious when processed. They make great syrup, jelly, pie, and wine. The flowers are great in a summer cooling tea, and the berries are absolutely loved by birds. What’s even more exciting is that it actually doesn’t mind shade. Plant more than one shrub to increase cross pollination. Hardy to zone 3 and will grow to a maximum height of 12 ft. This shrub doesn’t mind wet feet one bit but will also grow ferociously in regular garden soil! Avoid planting in dry, sandy sites.

Latin name Sambucus spp.
Hardiness Zone 3-8
Height 5-12 ft
Sun RequirementsFull sun, part shade
Average year to bear fruit3
Harvest TimeSeptember
Soil Tolerant of all except fast draining sand. If planting in sand add lots of organic matter each year and water often.
Flower Time July
Pollination Self fertile but will produce more fruit with more than one shrub