- Historically, native tribes called the elderberry the "Tree of Music." They made flutes and whistles from the naturally hollow branches (Austin 2001). Branches were also used to make arrow shafts.
- Hollow elderberry stems can be used to make pollinating bee nesting structures. For more information visit http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/PollinatorPages/YourHelp.html#bee and have fun exploring several "build your own pollinator nesting site" guides. Do your part to help native pollinator species and up the pollination rate in your garden in return!
- Elderberry branches can also be made into squirt guns (USDA 2001). Look out!
- The bark, stems, leaves, and flowers can all be ground into a poultice (mixed with chamomile) that will reduce joint stiffness/inflammation and swelling from bee stings (USDA 2001).
- Blue elderberries are edible when ripe and cooked and make delectable jams, jellies, wine, and pies. Lots of recipes can be found online!
- Blue elderberry just happens to be one of the plants Cascadia is offering in our 2012 Native Plant Sale! Visit our website www.cascadiacd.org to find the plant sale order form and brochure or take a look at our Cascadia Quarterly Fall 2011 newsletter for more details on this and other available plants.
The flowers from this elderberry species are often used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Elderflowers contain flavenoids and rutin, compounds that work with Vitamin C to support the immune system (USDA 2001). A deliciously fragrant elderflower tea can be made from either fresh or dried flowers (and in conjunction with yarrow, chamomile, echinacea, or several other herbs) to treat hay fever, cold and flu symptoms (Vertolli 2009).
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