Sambucus racemosa var. melanocarpa
Sambucus racemosa L. var. melanocarpa (A. Gray) McMinn
Black Elderberry, Red Elder
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)
Synonym(s): Sambucus melanocarpa
USDA Symbol: SARAM4
A small, colony-forming shrub with fragrant clusters of white flowers that produce black berries. Leaves are pinnately compound. Mature height is from 3-6 ft.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: N. Rockies; extending less commonly to e. WA, OR, CA, NV & n. AZ
Native Habitat: Moist, mt. woods & stream banks
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Rich, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Severe pruning improves form.
Value to Beneficial InsectsProvides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sambucus racemosa var. melanocarpa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sambucus racemosa var. melanocarpa in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff