Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Black elderberry

Sambucus racemosa var. melanocarpa

About This Species

Zone 3a BC Native

Grow me instead of Japanese knotweed, Bohemian knotweed, Himalayan knotweed, Giant knotweed

Black elderberry is a branching, deciduous shrub with clusters of white flowers that bloom in the spring. The showy flowers are followed by bunches of shiny black berries in late summer. Black elderberry is tolerant of a range of environmental conditions, provided it is planted in a well-drained area. Depending on where it is planted, Black elderberry can reach from 1-6 m tall.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Fire smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Consistently moist or wet conditions