I'm thinking of putting in an Elderberry bush behind the pond (like about 20 feet away in the back where it gets full sun). The pond is situated between 7 oak trees and then in the back behind the pond is an area that gets full sun and its in the corner of our yard (where the fences meet). I'd like to put something back there that gets pretty tall over time to give us a little privacy from a nosy neighbor who has a high deck.
I also want something that will provide food and shelter for birds. Would an Elderberry bush be a good idea? From what I've read the the American Elderberry (which is a native plant too, another bonus!) gets 10 to 12 feet high and about 10ft wide. So its definitely the mature size I'm looking for. But does it keep its leaves year round providing shelter from the elements for the birds? Right now my yard has no shelter from the elements in the winter since the oaks drop their leaves.