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Sambucus mexicana



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About This Product

Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea, S. mexicana, S. cerulea

Common Name: 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 Zone: Zones 6 - 10

Sunset Zone: Zones 2 - 24; H1

Mature Height: 6 - 12 feet

Mature Width: 6 - 12 feet

Light Needs: Full Sun, Filtered Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Shade

Water Needs: Low, Moderate

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