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Sambucus nigra Sambuco


Sambucus nigra Sambuco is one of the most flavourful and tasty of the European black elderberries.

Sambucus nigra Sambuco ('Wild Italy #1') is a selection of the European black elderberry found growing wild in Italy. It has one of the best flavours available producing abundant crops of sweet and juicy, jet-black berries. White flowers bloom in clusters in spring followed by the berries in the fall. A very hardy, fast growing shrub to 6-8 feet tall or more. Partially self-fruiting but appreciates another variety close by to improve yield. More sun produces more berries. Use the fruit in jams, jellies, pies, wines, and syrup. Attracts hummingbirds and bees.

Common Name: Black Elderberry - [Citrus Pre-Order]

Family: Adoxaceae (The Viburnum family)

Zone Hardiness: 4-10

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: 6-10'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Class: Deciduous

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes


Benefits: Bees, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Along water courses and in moist woodlands.


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Southwest Asia and Asia Minor

Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

Europe and Africa - North Africa

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