Aside from the fact that elderberries are a versatile fruit, easily used in a number of recipes like jams, pies, and syrups, to name a few, the elderberry shrub is also a beautiful plant to look at. As more people discover the beauty of elderberry shrubs and the fact that the plant is easy to grow and care for, it begins to gain in popularity, appearing in many more gardens and landscaping.
Elderberry shrubs can also grow quite large and very tall, and so do need pruning maintenance from time to time if you wish to keep them contained. There are actually several species of elderberry that can be grown in the various climes of the United States, though the most popular elderberry shrub is the blueberry elder. This plant can grow from a large shrub into a small tree if allowed, and the exquisite foliage and large white blossoms are making it a favorite of many landscapers.
Another reason why the different varieties of elderberry shrubs are popular is that they can be incorporated into gardens easily, adding contrast, color, and texture to the landscape. The different species can be utilized to add either light or dark contrast, and the range of foliage and colors make the elderberry shrub a versatile plant in color contrast amongst other flowers and shrubs.
Before deciding upon an elderberry shrub for your own garden, it would be wise to consult with a professional landscaper, as some species may grow too large for small gardens, while others are actually poisonous. Knowledge of the different types of elderberry shrubs and the type of environment they are best suited for will help you to make an informed decision, and then you’ll be better able to appreciate the remarkable beauty of this popular shrub.