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PlantFiles: Blue Elderberry
Sambucus nigra subsp. cerulea

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sambucus (sam-BYOO-kus) (Info)
Species: nigra subsp. cerulea

Synonym:Sambucus cerulea
Synonym:Sambucus glaucus
Synonym:Sambucus mexicana
Synonym:Sambucus neomexicana
Synonym:Sambucus velutina

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sherman99 On Jun 19, 2010, sherman99 from Menifee, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

plant grows all over property, very pretty, birds seem to love the ripe berries, bees always in the flowers. have never planted one, assume they are native to this area.

Neutral Scorpioangel On Oct 23, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

a Native tree to Southern Oregon.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lake Hughes, California
Long Beach, California
Menifee, California
Sun City, California
Detroit, Michigan
Cheshire, Oregon
Bellingham, Washington

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