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Is it best to plant red or blue elderberries?

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Locally, our nursery only carries red elderberry plants. Is blue better? What should I plant?

IdahoHerbalist User avatar
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Do not plant the red elderberries for medicinal purposes.

Doc Jones User avatar
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It depends what you mean by "Red".

If you mean the Black Elder Sambuccus nigra which has dark magenta/red leaves. That's a great one.

If you mean the Red Elder Sambuccus racemosa (which makes red berries). No, don't use it. The berries are fairly toxic.

Doc


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