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Sambucus canadensis

Common Name: Elderberry
Sambucus canadensis
Sambucus canadensis

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Viburnaceae
Genus: Sambucus
Species: Sambucus canadensis

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Elderberry has smooth, brown-gray bark.

The leaves are opposite and compound with 4" rounded, toothed leaflets. In the fall the leaves turn green-yellow.

Habitat & Range

Elderberry is found throughout much of the United States in wet soils.

Life Cycle

The flowers are small and white in flat-topped clusters. They are in bloom in June and July.

The fruit are small purple to black berries clustered on branching stems.

Featured image by James Dake.


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