Sambucus canadensis 'Adams' (Adoxaceae)
Elderberries are beloved by people and birds alike for their large purple fruit clusters in early Autumn. Fast-growing, with large compound leaflets, it is an informal shrub, great for natural areas and hedge rows. White flat-topped flower clusters are striking in summer, offering nectar for bees and butterflies. Dark purple berries are high in antioxidants, and used for juice, jams, syrups, pies and the famous Elderberry Wine — if you can beat the birds to them. Moist soil is best, but they are adaptable. Plant two varieties for best fruit set. 'Adams' exhibits strong branching and large fruit clusters. Selected from the wild in NY by William Adams, 1926.
Bloom color: white
Bloom period: mid-summer
Container size: Gal.