Mexican Elder Tree Southwest
Mexican Elder Tree Southwest (Sambucus mexicana)
Mexican Elder trees or Sambacus Mexicana. Are good small ornamental shade trees. Once established they are somewhat drought tolerant. They love the spring and fall seasons and is when they look their best.
The hot mid-summer southwestern heat will stress a lot of folks in this part of the country, including this very interesting tree. Placing them in an area where they get shade from the afternoon sun will help.
When to prune the Mexican Elder?
It is best to prune dead limbs in early spring this will help with better looks throughout the summer months. They have light yellow blooms near the crown of the tree not very showy but some good color.
How tall will this tree get?
This tree will reach a height of about 30ft. tall and about 25ft wide. We recommend extra watering and fertilizing during mid-summer to keep it looking good during the mid-summer heat. It is a slow growing tree and provides some shade during summer.
Color Your World Guzman’s Garden Centers will usually have the Mexican Elder and the Weeping Willow in stock during the spring, summer and fall months.
Problems with the Mexican Elder Tree?
It is susceptible to borers and spider mites. Use a good systemic insecticide to kill these pests. Learn more here at Insects and Diseases on Plants.
Does this tree flower?
The Mexican Elder does have a light yellow almost white flower not showy but profuse during the mid-spring seasons.