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Black Elderberry vs Northern Gooseberry

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis

Ribes oxyacanthoides

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Black Elderberry
Northern Gooseberry

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.

Northern Gooseberry is a small, ornamental quality native shrub with prickly stems. You can plant it anywhere you'd plant Prickly Rose or Common Wild Rose, such as your yard.

Most people find Northern Gooseberry berries a bit tart for significant fresh eating but they are good for baking, wine or jam.

BLACK ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN GOOSEBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 1a
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: any
Light: any
Berries: black
Berries: purple or purplish black
Flowers: fragrant, white and showy
Bark: gray brownish with rigid bumps
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium



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


Other Names: american black elderberry, american elderberry, canada elderberry, common elderberry
Other Names: canada gooseberry, canadian gooseberry


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Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
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