Mexican Elderberry

Sambucus mexicana

Now named Sambucus cerulea and also commonly called Blue Elderberry, this plant is a source of fruit for Elderberry jam and wine.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: Desert, Upland, Riparian. It grows along streams, rivers, and washes.
Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)
Size: 10′ – 25′ tall
Sun: Full to part
Watering: Regular
Growth Rate:
Temperature: Hardy to 0 F
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Nectar rich flowers, fruits loved by birds, larval host for Owlet moths
Notes: May drop leaves during the heat of summer. The branches are brittle, so protect from high winds.
Foliage has a foul smell and is poisonous. Do not eat raw fruits.

Photo by cooper-conservation


Add a Tag to Your Garden!

If you’re interested in purchasing engraved aluminum garden tags, you can now purchase them on Etsy!

Let us know if you’re interested in a tag that not yet listed and we’ll see about adding it. New entries have to provide a support role for pollinators or provide sufficient interest to warrant a dedicated web page.

Now making tags for Cactus & Succulent collectors!