American Elder
(Sambucus canadensis)
3 Gallon Container


Availability: In stock

  • Grows 6 to 8 feet tall
  • Full to part sun
  • Medium to moist soil
  • Blooms May, June
  • Provides nesting material for native bees
  • Flowers are a favored nectar source for pollinators
  • Nutritious fruit is eaten by mammals and songbirds (note: the berries are toxic to humans and pets unless they are cooked)
  • Great bird nesting site
  • This long-lived shrub is great for carbon storing hedgerows
  • Host plant for many butterfly and moth caterpillars including the cecropia moth (the largest species of moth in North America)
  • Can withstand harsh conditions such as pollution, salt, and standing water
  • Great shrub for erosion control on wet sites
  • Filters pollutants out of groundwater
  • Makes a good privacy screen

All shrubs and trees must be picked up at the Lyons Township Community Center, 6404 Joliet Rd, Countryside, on either Friday, September 20th, between 1 PM and 3 PM, or Saturday, September 21st, from 9 AM to 11 AM. Please note that all orders are non-refundable.

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