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American Red Elderberry
Scientific Name: Sambucus racemosa ssp. pubens (Michx) House
Synonym: Sambucus microbotrys, Sambucus pubens
Family: Caprifoliaceae
American Red Elderberry (Sambucus  racemosa ssp. pubens)
Sambucus pubens at the Chicago Botanical Garden
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-3
USDA: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Sun or light shade

Origin: Northern North America

Growth Habits: Deciduous shrub or small tree, usually less than 5 feet tall (1.5m), but up to 20 feet (6 m); stems have a strong scent when bruised; pinnate leaves with 5 or 7 leaflets, 3 to 12 inches long (7.5 to 30 cm)

Watering Needs:


Blooming Habits:
Strongly scented, creamy white flowers in large pyramidal clusters

Fruiting Habits:
Small red to black drupes, edible when cooked, about 0.1 inch in diameter (2 mm), containing 2 to 4 seeds. The fruits come in clusters, like the flowers.

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