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Acutiloba American Elder

Sambucus canadensis 'Acutiloba'

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Acutiloba American Elder (Sambucus canadensis 'Acutiloba') at The Barn Nursery and Landscape Center

Acutiloba American Elder foliage

Acutiloba American Elder foliage

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Height:  12 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4


A large, vigorous shrub featuring lime green foliage all season long and attractive clusters of small, white flowers in spring followed by deep purple-black berries; very adaptable, survives with minimal care but tends to sucker

Ornamental Features

Acutiloba American Elder features showy clusters of lightly-scented white flowers held atop the branches in early summer. It has attractive lime green foliage throughout the season. The deeply cut lobed pinnately compound leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. The deep purple fruits are held in clusters in early fall.

Landscape Attributes

Acutiloba American Elder is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Acutiloba American Elder is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Acutiloba American Elder will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features