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White Elderberry
Sambucus gaudichaudiana

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sambucus (sam-BYOO-kus) (Info)
Species: gaudichaudiana (go-dih-shaw-dee-AY-nuh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jul 16, 2003, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is an Australian member of the elderberry genus, which grows as understory in dense forests. Unlike its northern hemisphere cousins this is not a large woody shrub. It more of a perennial plant, as its stems mostly die back to a perennial rootstock each autumn and fresh stems arise the following spring. The flowers are a little unusual, as the four white petals never spread widely, but remained curled inwards, so that the flowers look like white berries. The fruit ripens to a pale yellow translucent berry, which is edible. I have not tried propagating this species from seed, but I have a small plant in a pot in my shade house, which I transplanted from the bush.