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Red Elderberry [Sambucus racemosa]


Common Name: Red Elderberry
Scientic Name: Sambucus racemosa
Colors: White
Months Appearing: May

Shrub. One of first shrubs to flower in the spring. (Common Elderberry flowers in summer, flowers flat topped and berries purple-black.)

Up to 20 feet in height. Leaves: compound with 5-7 leaflets.

Flowers in rounded clusters. Fruits: bright red. Rank flavor. Somewhat toxic.

Moist areas with some shade. 

Hemlock Park, close to river, Big Rapids, Michigan. May 20.