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Sambucus mexicana

Sambucus mexicana

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Blue Elderberry, Mexican Elderberry, or Tapiro

A shrub or small tree that grows up to 15 feet tall.  White fragrant flowers bloom in the spring through summer.  The fruit is edible- great for pies or jelly.  This shrub can be pruned.  It is deciduous in the fall and is recommended to be pruned in the winter.  This shrub or tree might be difficult to prune because it produces multiple basal water sprouts.  If you want a single tree stump you should remove all additional basal water sprouts.

Plant with: Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia); Coast Live OakWhite Flowering Currant

Plant in full sun to part shade

- Best in clay, sand, loam, or rocky soil

- Water once a month once established

- Great companion plant under evergreen oaks

- Deer resistant

- Attracts butterflies, birds, and bees

- Hardy up to 5 degrees

- Native to California