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Sambucus nigra

Family: adoxaceae
Common name(s): black elder; European elderberry
Hardiness ratings: USDA zone 4~6 - 7~8

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Links for Sambucus nigra

Sambucus nigra subsp. caerulea

Common name(s): blue elderberry
Synonym(s): Sambucus nigra subsp. cerulea
Hardiness ratings: USDA zone 4~5 - 9


  • Denver Botanic Gardens - Description, native range, and cultural requirements. (zone 5) (4 photos)
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Plant description and characteristics with notes on distribution, culture, and propagation. (20 photos)
  • Missouri Botanical Garden - Plantfinder page for one of the plants growing at the garden, with usually one or more photos, horticultural information, and noteworthy characteristics. (zone 4-9) (2 photos)
  • Southwest Colorado Wildflowers - Photos and botanical information about the species/genus. (8 photos)
  • Turner Photographics - Profile of wildflower of the US Pacific Northwest, with botanical description, habitat and distribution, and photo gallery.
  • Virginia Tech Dendrology - Factsheet with botanical characteristics and photos of various features. (6 photos)

Sambucus nigra subsp. canadensis

Is a synonym for Sambucus canadensis

Sambucus nigra f. laciniata

Common name(s): Cut-leaved Elder; Fern-leaved Elder
Hardiness ratings: USDA zone 5


Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla

Common name(s): black elderberry
Hardiness ratings: USDA zone 5 - 10


Last updated:20 Dec 2023