This is a shrub that will need space—lots of space. If you have some, and you've got the correct conditions for this Western native, then I suggest giving it a try. The berries in fall are striking and are by far one of the more unusual plants in our landscape.
I collected these seeds along the Columbia River in Washington State so they're best suited for a cooler environment although I don't doubt the plant will adapt well to Southern California. (Again, if you have or can afford the space it requires.)
The taxonomy of this plant is not quite settled. These plants grow from California to Canada and into a few of the mountain states as well as Texas.
Native peoples used many parts of the plant for medicinal purposes and the berries are edible. This plant is fantastic for restoration projects and grows well near water. The flowers are attractive to many different kinds of wildlife. In addition to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, once the berries appear they also help to feed birds and chipmunks.
Germination instructions are included with your seeds. (about 50 seeds)
Basic Plant Facts:
Sambucus caerulea or Sambucus nigra subsp. caerulea
Grows 10-20' x 10-20'
Likes full sun
USDA zones: 5-10
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