Sambucus Racemosa – Red Elderberry

Sambucus Racemosa – Red elderberry

Image Credit: Frank Vincentz

Common Names: Red elderberry

Identification: Grows up to 6 m high having soft pithy twigs having charactreistic warts.

Leaves: Opposite, divided into 5-7 lealets that are pointed and lance shaped, deciduous

Flowers:small and white with unpleasant odor,

Fruit: Red berry-like drupes, not palatable when raw.

Habitat: Stream banks, moist clearings, open forest

Ecology:Bush tits, white crowned sparrows, Song sparrows, flickers and nuthatches forage in this shrub.

Image Credit: Walter Siegmund