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Elderberry, California Blue

Elderberry, California Blue

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Regular price $60.00 USD
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Botanic Name: Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea
Common Names: Blue Elderberry, Mexican Elderberry, Tapiro,
Native to: West coast from Oregon to Baja California up to western Texas
Lifespan: Deciduous
Growth Structure: Elderberry grows as a shrub to a small tree of up to 25 ft.

Fertility Preference: ★ ★ ★
Water Preference: ★ ★
Sun & Light Preference:


Elderberry should be planted in well-draining soil in full to partial sun. It is very tough and easy to grow, and it responds well to pruning. Once it is established, watering can be reduced significantly.


A native to the California area, blue elderberry is a small tree that can also be grown as a shrub. While it can take on a messy, shrubby look, this plant responds readily to pruning. In the spring, the elderberry produces clusters of small white flowers, followed by small berries that are ready to pick when they turn dark blue. Often, the berries are used to make cordials and liqueurs as well as jellies, pie fillings, and sauces. 

Please note that if berries are ingested before they are ripe, people may experience an upset stomach. Also, if used medicinally, please use caution and consult with professional medical or healing persons. 

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