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Nannyberry vs Black Elderberry

Viburnum lentago

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis

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Nannyberry
Black Elderberry

Nannyberry is a hardy shrub known for attracting wildlife. Its clusters of white flowers and tasty berries are suitable for bees, birds, and other animals.

Nannyberry is also used in urban yards and landscaping. This shrub makes a beautiful ornamental and is small enough to grow underneath power lines. Its berries can be eaten fresh or used in baking and preserves.

Makes a great hedge or privacy screen in an urban yard. Often has great red fall color to complement its spring flowers.

Black Elderberry is a deciduous shrub native to eastern North America. You can plant this shrub in moist areas and it will help stabilize your soil. You can also use it on rural properties anywhere you'd use a lilac.

Warning: the seeds, stems, leaves, roots, and uncooked berries of the Black Elderberry are poisonous to humans when eaten in quantity. You should cook the berries to make them safe for human consumption.

NANNYBERRY QUICK FACTS

BLACK ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2b
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Fall colour: red
Berries: red to purple
Berries: black
Flowers: white
Flowers: fragrant, white and showy
Bark: gray and scaly
Bark: gray brownish with rigid bumps
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: high




Toxicity: leaves, stems, and uncooked berries are poisonous to humans

Other Names: sheepberry, sweet viburnum
Other Names: american black elderberry, american elderberry, canada elderberry, common elderberry


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: no
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes