Sambucus canadensis (common elder)

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Key Characteristics

  • Bark thin, gray, with conspicuous warty lenticels
  • Reproduces by stolons, shade tolerant, prefers wet/mesic sites, produces blue-black drupes on red stalks
  • Leaves opposite, pinnately compound (5-11), taco shell leaf
  • Twigs stout, swollen at the nodes, yellowish gray, warty with conspicuous lenticels; ill-smelling when crushed, white pith
  • Winter buds small, conical, light brown or green; 4-5 pairs of bud scales

Sourced from "Michigan Shrubs"


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