Elderberry, Black Elder, European Elder, Bourtree
Sambucus nigra 'Madonna'

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sambucus (sam-BYOO-kus) (Info)
Species: nigra (NY-gruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Madonna

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Chartreuse/Yellow

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

San Leandro, California

Sebastopol, California

Paris, Illinois

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jun 16, 2014, kilikat from San Leandro, CA wrote:

Purchased this at the Merritt College plant sale in 2013. Plant is very attractive, with vivid yellow/green variegated leaves. It's doing well in partial shade, but note that it's quite a slow grower.

Positive

On May 26, 2013, JKerr32 wrote:

My wife is from Hungary. She is very excited that we found an Elder bush here in Illinois. She is always talking about all of the things she can make with the bloom. She has many recipes. My only concern is that we picked many blooms today from an Elder bush that had green and yellow leaves in Illinois. In Hungary the leaves are green. We just learned that some Elders can be poisonous. My question is, Can the bloom be poisonous or is the berry poisonous?