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Black Elderberry vs Alpine Currant

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis

Ribes alpinum

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Black Elderberry
Alpine Currant

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.

Alpine Currant is a great shrub to plant along sidewalks, near building or at your property boundary as a hedge or accent species. It is widely used by commercial landscapers in parking lots and near buildings because of its hardiness, attractiveness, and pollution tolerance.

While Alpine Currant produces edible berries, they are not palatable.

BLACK ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

ALPINE CURRANT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 2a
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal
Light: any
Light: any
Berries: black
Berries: small, bright red
Flowers: fragrant, white and showy
Flowers: greenish yellow and fragrant
Bark: gray brownish with rigid bumps
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: high



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


Other Names: american black elderberry, american elderberry, canada elderberry, common elderberry
Other Names: mountain currant


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