Red Elderberry. Photo: Leslie Seaton

Red Elderberry. Photo: Leslie Seaton

Red Elderberry

Scientific Name: Sambucus racemosa

Status (BC): No concern

This large shrub requires a combination of full to part sun with consistent moisture. Its long green leaves accompany large clusters of small white flowers, which become persistent, red, berry-like fruit. Its flowers attract native pollinators and its berries are eaten by birds and mammals. On Mayne Island this species is not common because many sites are too dry or too shaded. It is most often seen along roadsides in wet areas or in forest openings. Naturally this species would have grown in small openings in wetter parts of the forest created by fallen trees. Many of the wettest sites on Mayne where this plant would have previously been found have been developed for agriculture.

Red Elderberry

Red Elderberry


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