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


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