You will find Elderberry native in many parts of the country and we have them in abundance in our Inland Northwest area. The plants you will find in Garden Centers however have been hybridized to have unusual leaf colors and shapes. The plants flower in the spring with clusters of white or pink blooms, then black, red or white fruit follows. Sambucus form and leaf colors come in a variety of shape and colors but they are fast growing, hardy, drought tolerant, disease and insect resistant, deer resistant, overall a wonderful shrub in your garden. Here is just a sampling of what we will be carrying in our garden center this season.
Sambucus ‘Laced Up’ (formerly Straight Laced) will be 6 to 10 feet tall but only 3 to 4 feet wide. The leaves and flowers look just like ‘Black Lace’ but a narrow, tall growing shrub. A stunning addition to the landscape all season long. Flowers are pink and later in the season the flowers turn to purple berries that the birds love. Zone 4 to 7.