A group of about 26 related plants in moschatel  family Adoxaceae, including species ◼︎ American black elderberry / 🇨🇦 Canadian elderberry / common elderberry  Sambucus canadensis and ◼︎ red elderberry  Sambucus racemosa.

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Different species are native 🌐︎ worldwide, in temperate and subtropical areas of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.   🗺 Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (color key).

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

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

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

Learn more about elderberry genus Sambucus

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