Also called Sambucus nigra subsp. canadensis.

Part of elderberry  genus Sambucus in moschatel  family Adoxaceae.

Despite its common name, botanically, its fruit is not a berry, but a "drupe".

Native to 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA east of the ⛰ Rocky Mountains, through 🇲🇽 Mexico to Central America.   🗺 Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48), 🗺 map (North America, Central America).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  This author recalls having tasted and enjoyed elderberry jam and wine.  Wish I knew how to make them!

In areas where this plant is native, this plant is among the wet-loving (but terrestrial ) shrubs and trees used to protect eroding streambanks, lakeshores, bluffs, road slopes and landslides (as well as floodplains and stormwater detention ponds), in a process called live-staking.

🐝︎ Pollinators such as solitary cavity-nesting bees often make nests in this plant's old ⊚ pithy stems.

Learn more about ◼︎ American black elderberry / 🇨🇦 Canadian elderberry / common elderberry Sambucus canadensis

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