Other common names:
American Elder, Black Elderberry, Canada Elderberry, Common Elder|
Other scientific names:
Sambucus canadensis, Sambucus cerulea, Sambucus mexicana, Sambucus orbiculata, Sambucus simpsonii
Muskroot Family (Adoxaceae), (Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae))
Red-berried Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa) - Very similar, berries red, grows in drier habitats (in woods).
Summer; White; 5 parts (petals)
2 m (6 ft)
Fields and Open Areas, Moist Meadows, Thickets
The berries make excellent pies.
Shrubs of Ontario: 449
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 320
This native shrub is grown for its fruit (for use in jellies, pies or wine), or its use in landscapes for wildlife habitat.
Origin and Meaning of Names:
Scientific Name: nigra: black
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