Plant Care European Red Elderberry

European Red Elderberry

About European Red Elderberry

Red Elderberry is a deciduous, native shrub found in spruce-fir and northern hardwood forests and rocky environments at high elevations in the mountains. It has an upright, vase-shaped form. It attracts birds and wildlife with its berries and butterflies and other insects with its flowers.


Sambucus racemosa

Also known as

Pacific red elder, Red elderberry and Red-berried elder

How to care for European Red Elderberry


How often to water your European Red Elderberry

Water needs for European Red Elderberry
0.5 cups
every 9

European Red Elderberry needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of European Red Elderberry

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for European Red Elderberry in your home

Light needs and placement for plant European Red Elderberry: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

European Red Elderberry love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

European Red Elderberry does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize European Red Elderberry

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for European Red Elderberry: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your European Red Elderberry after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

European Red Elderberry is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for European Red Elderberry

European Red Elderberry

European Red Elderberry

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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