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Red Elderberry vs American Bladdernut

Sambucus racemosa

Staphylea trifolia

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Red Elderberry
American Bladdernut

Red Elderberry is an attractive, medium-sized deciduous shrub.

It produces clusters of white flowers in the spring and bright red berry-like drupes, which provide beautiful contrast against its coarse, textured green foliage.

Red Elder can be pruned as a small single or multi-stemmed tree.

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American Bladdernut is a fast-growing, ornamental shrub native to eastern North America. It can be grown as a large shrub or trained as a small tree. The small, drooping, white flowers are bell-shaped and grow in clusters. They appear in mid to late spring, attracting various pollinators. Well suited as an understory plant as it prefers shady and partial sun location with moist soils.

The blossoms mature into papery seed capsules and have been described as miniature Japanese lanterns. They are commonly used in dried flower arrangements. The seeds found within the pods are edible, and have a taste similar to pistachios. They can be eaten raw, used in baking or made into a sweet cooking oil.

Care should be taken when planting American Bladdernut, as it can spread quickly. It is prone to suckering and will self-seed. Plant the right tree in the right place.

RED ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

AMERICAN BLADDERNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Height: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: shade, partial shade
Berries: bright red berries
Flowers: white
Flowers: white
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: toxic to humans


Other Names: red elder