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blue elderberry

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Blue elderberry flower
© Clay Antieau
Blue elderberry flower (enlarge)

Sambucus caerulea

Deciduous Shrub

Height: 15 ft.

Availability: Medium

Growing ease: Medium

Moisture req.: dry - moist

Exposure req.: sun - part shade


Plant description:

This fast growing shrub is uncommon west of the cascades. Dome shaped, white blooms are followed by frosty looking, blue berries.

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