Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
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Red elderberry

Sambucus racemosa subsp. pubens

About This Species

Zone 3a BC Native

Grow me instead of English holly

Red elderberry is a highly branching, large shrub with green foliage, white clusters of tiny flowers, and clusters of red berries to follow. Red elderberry is native to British Columbia and is typically found growing in wooded areas with moist soils and dappled shade. It provides an excellent food source for pollinators and birds with its flowers and fruits.

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