Blue Elderberry (Sambucus caerulea): Bundle of 10


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Sold in bundles of 10.

At a Glance: Large deciduous shrub

Height: Up to 20ft tall
Stems: reddish brown  and soft
Leaves: large 5-15cm long opposite leaves divided into 5-7 leaflets
Flowers: large clusters of small white flowers
Fruits: small dark blue berries that are edible when cooked.  Known for elderberry jam and wine

Appeal: Beautiful blue berries that are edible when cooked.  Make a great jam!  Do well in Puget Sound prairies.

Helpful Tips: Must be planted in well-drained soil. Plant in wet area. Click HERE to determine your recommended planting density.

Sun/Shade Tolerance Hydrology Elevation Range
 full sun > 80%
 mostly sunny 60%-80%
 partial sun and shade 40%- 60%
 mostly shady 60%-80%
 full shade > 80%


 low elevation
 mid elevation
 high elevation


Soil Preferences
 sandy soils
 gravelly soils
 clay soils
 muddy soils
 peaty soils
 well drained soils
 shallow soils
 deep soils
 acidic soils
 basic soils
 humic soils
 nutrient rich soils
 nutrient poor soils
 mineral soils
 organic soils
Wildlife Value
 Nectar for hummingbirds
 Nectar for butterflies
 Host for insect larvae
 Thickets and shelter
 Thorny or protective cover
Berries are an important food source for birds.

Livestock Toxicity:  Elderberry fruit is harmless when cooked, but the leaves, stems, bark and roots contain two toxins which are harmful to livestock– cyanogenic glycoside and alkaloids. Signs of toxicity are typically severe gastroenteritis (vomiting, diarrhea and colic) though severe cyanide poisoning may occur and cause difficulty breathing, convulsions and death.


Pojar, Jim, and Andy MacKinnon. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska. Revised ed. Redmond, Wash.: B.C. Ministry of Forests and Lone Pine Pub., 2004. Print.

“Sound Native Plants.” Sound Native Plants. Web. 31 Oct. 2014.