Dry Shade Deciduous Shrubs - SAMBUCUS MEXICANA

SAMBUCUS MEXICANA

SAMBUCUS MEXICANA

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Sambucus mexicana, S. nigra caerulea
Blue Elderberry, Tapiro, Mexican Elderberry

A deciduous shrub with a suckering, multi-branching growth habit. Green compound leaves are divided into toothed, oval-elliptic leaflets. From late spring into summer, lacy yellowish umbrella-shaped flower clusters bloom, followed by heavy clusters of small berries in fall. Fruit turns powdery blackish-blue when ripe. The edible nutrient-dense fruit is popularly eaten dried, in herbal medicines, syrup, wine, pie, and jam. Eat raw berries only when they're fully ripe. Flowers are also edible. Attracts birds, wildlife, and pollinators. Native to North America, including California.
USDA zones: 6 - 10
Sunset zones: 2 - 24; H1
Mature size: 6 - 12 feet high and wide
Light needs: full sun, part shade in hottest climates
Water needs: little to moderate water

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