American Elder (Sambucus canadensis) 'York'

A low suckering deciduous shrub reaching up to 2.5m high and wide. Can tolerate light shade.  Prefers moist soil. Not a vigorous spreader. 

Large blooms appear later than its European counterpart with a much longer flowering period (July-November).  Two varieties need to be planted in order for fruit to set. Fruit used much like European elder – better cooked.

Flowers can be eaten raw or cooked – picked unopened, covered in batter and made into fritters.  Soaked and used to flavour drinks. Dried and used as a tea.

Was used widely as a medicinal plant by Native Americans and still regularly used as remedies for a range of ailments.

York has large flower clusters and large berries - Late Season



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