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red elderberry

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red elderberry bloom
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Red elderberry before berries red elderberry fruits red elderberry in full bloom

Sambucus racemosa

Deciduous Shrub

Height: 15 ft.

Availability: Medium

Growing ease: High

Moisture req.: dry - moist

Exposure req.: sun - shade


Plant description:

Attractive white, fist shape flower clusters followed by clusters of bright red berries. Fast growing. Leaves, roots and stems are toxic if ingested.

Keywords: birds, butterflies, drought tolerant, fast, fire-resistant , fruit, red, upright, white

Articles that mention this plant: Native plants for fall color

Plans that use this plant:Dry, part shade