Elderberry is a vigorous, beautiful shrub commonly observed on roadsides and in hedgerows and disturbed areas in most NC counties and most states as well. It is a a vigorous grower, 5-12′ in height and spread, with arching branches which support numerous flat-topped white flower clusters in mid-summer. These retain their beauty as they turn golden brown as the season progresses. Finally dark blue-black berries are produced in drooping clusters on pinkish purple stems. Elderberry is a great looking addition to a naturalized landscape, but it is also a wonderful starter plant for those interested in incorporating edible native plants into their homestead. The flowers are edible (elderflower fritters), but most folks grow the plant for its berries, which are famous for being high in nutrients and antioxidants. They are used to make juice, jams and jellies, and of course Elderberry wine. While a vigorous grower, it responds well to heavy pruning. Individual shrubs are relatively short lived, but new plants from root sprouts are readily available for replacement. Easily maintained and problem free, Elderberry attracts numerous pollinators and hungry birds and even provides nesting materials for birds. It is a remarkable, useful, and beautiful plant, often taken for granted and casually destroyed in spite of its great value for wildlife.