Sambucus canadensis 'Nova' (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 hedgerows. 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. 'Nova' is self-fertile, but will have best fruit set if another variety is present. This selection is a highly productive, earlier-ripening form, with sweeter fruit and a somewhat more compact form.
Bloom color: white
Bloom period: mid-summer
Container size: Gal.