Elderberry (2)

Sambucus racemosa

Red Elderberry
Sambucus racemosa

Family: Elderberry (Adoxaceae)
AKA: Red-berried Elder
Photo taken on: June 18, 2005
Location: Trail 409, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to subalpine
Habitat: Slopes, roadsides, fir-spruce forests

A shrub growing to 10ft with large, sharp-toothed leaves. Flowers are tiny and grow in pyramid shaped clusters.arrow

Sambucus racemosa

 

 

Fruit is not edible for humans but is enjoyed by bears, deer and elk.

Photo taken on: September 25, 2005
Location: Lost Lake Trail, CO

Sambucus nigra

Black Elderberry
Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis

Family: Elderberry (Adoxaceae)
AKA: Common Elderberry, American Elderberry
Photo taken on: June 22, 2007
Location: Snodgrass, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane
Habitat: Forest openings

A loosely formed shrub growing to 12ft with pinnately compound leaves. Flowers grow in a broad, flat cluster up to 10" across.arrow

Sambucus nigra

 

 

The dark purple fruit is edible for all creatures.

White Round Clusters