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Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea

Blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea)Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea
Common Names blue elderberry
Family Honeysuckle
Flower Color Cream white
Plant Type Shrub
Location McCall
Native Yes
Weed No

Blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea) Blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea) Blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea) Blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea)Blue Elderberry (Sambucus cerulea)Blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea)Blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea) Blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea)

Blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea) Blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea) Blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea) Blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea)

The Blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. cerulea) is a small shrub that has a fast growing rate. It has small white flowers in clusters and blue berries. Blue elderberry produces clusters of small white flowers that can be as broad as a small plate. You can find blue elderberry along moist areas or in mid-elevation woodlands and higher mountians in the mid Snake River watershed.

Even though the berries are edible, some sources advise cooking them before eating them. Elderberry is a fantastic shrub for wildlife and a beautiful addition to any garden. Hummingbirds, bumblebees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers as a source of nectar.


For additional information please send an e-mail request to:
Dr. Clinton C. Shock
Clinton.Shock@oregonstate.edu

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