Black elderberry is one of the easiest fruits to grow in the home garden. It prefers sun and a moist to wet spot, though tolerates partial shade and average soils that occasionally dry out. You can even grow it in water. It is often spotted growing in flood plains, wet meadows, and stream edges. It can be a large and sprawling shrub — plant it where it can spread its wings.
Elderberries should not be consumed raw in any large quantity; but are suitable for preserves and wine. The flowers, too, can be made in wine. It’s fast growth makes for an ideal backdrop or screening. Perfect for rain gardens and an excellent choice for supporting pollinating insects and songbirds!
Deer resistance seems to vary, with some folks reporting little to no browse, but like any shrub or tree, we recommend protecting while young to ensure their success.