Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Sambucus racemosa var. arborescens (Red Elderberry)

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Asteridae

Order

 Dipsacales

Family

 Caprifoliaceae Honeysuckle family

Genus

 Sambucus L. elderberry

Species

 Sambucus racemosa L. red elderberry

Variety

 Sambucus racemosa L. var. racemosa red elderberry

This attractive coastal elderberry quickly reaches 5-8. The many branches arch gracefully and are amenable to pruning.

Red Elderberry has erect spikes of white flowers and bright red berries that are consumed voraciously by birds. Many sources suggest that they are inedible or at least disagreeable to humans, although Native peoples used them as a food source.

This species is found from Alaska to San Francisco in USDA zones 6-9.

It tolerates deep shade and poor soil and likes a consistently moist site. Use this native generously under cedars or along the north edge of a pond or stream.

     
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