Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea
Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea
Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea
Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea

Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea

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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.

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

- Deer resistant

- Attracts butterflies, birds, and bees

- Hardy up to 5 degrees

- Native to California