Elderberry Bush Varieties: Different Types Of Elderberry Plants

By Amy Grant Elderberries are one of the easiest shrubs to grow. Not only are they attractive plants, but they yield edible flowers and fruit high in vitamins A, B and C. Native to Central Europe and North America, the shrubs are commonly found growing along the road, forest edges and abandoned fields. What types of elderberry plants are suited to your region? Elderberry Types Recently, newer varieties of elderberries have been introduced into the market. These new elderberry bush varieties have been bred for their ornamental characteristics. So now you not only get the lovely 8- to 10-inch blossoms and prolific dark purple fruit but, in some varieties of elderberry, colorful foliage as well. The two most common types of elderberry plants are the European elderberry (Sambucus nigra) and the American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis). The American elderberry grows wild among fields and meadows. It attains a height of between


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