How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Family Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Elderberries are fast-growing deciduous shrubs or trees. Plants have dark green leaves and produce clusters of white creamy flowers in spring or early summer. Black, blue, or red berries are produced following bloom. Birds are attracted to fruit, but red berries can cause nausea in humans if eaten raw in large numbers.
Optimum conditions for growth
Elderberries do well in areas with full sun or light shade. Provide moderate to regular amounts of water. Large shrubby types can be planted as screens or windbreaks. Keep them dense by pruning out older stems. Trees need early training to single or multiple trunks.
Flowers of blue elderberry
Flower buds and leaves of blue elderberry