This attractive coastal elderberry quickly reaches 5-8.’ The many branches arch gracefully and are amenable to pruning. Red Elderberry has erect spikes of white flowers and bright red berries that are consumed voraciously by birds. Many sources suggest that they are inedible or at least disagreeable to humans, although Native peoples used them as a food source. This species is found from Alaska to San Francisco in USDA zones 6-9. It tolerates deep shade and poor soil and likes a consistently moist site. Use this native generously under cedars or along the north edge of a pond or stream.