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American red elder
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Sambucus pubens in flower in spring
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Scientific classification
  • Sambucus racemosa var. pubens (Michx.) S. Wats.
  • Sambucus racemosa var. pubens (Michx.) Koehne
  • Sambucus racemosa subsp. pubens (Michx.) Hultén
  • Sambucus racemosa fo. pubens (Michx.) Voss
  • Sambucus pubens var. arborescens Torr. & A. Gray
  • Sambucus pubens f. calva Fernald
  • Sambucus pubens var. dissecta Britton
  • Sambucus pubens f. dissecta (Britton) Fernald
  • Sambucus pubens var. leucocarpa Torr. & A. Gray
  • Sambucus pubens f. leucocarpa (Torr. & A. Gray) Fernald

Sambucus pubens, the American red elder, is a species of elder (Sambucus) native to eastern North America. The inflorescence is a rounded panicle, making the plant easy to distinguish from the more common S. canadensis, which has a more open, flattened corymb. Some authors have considered S. pubens to be conspecific with S. racemosa L.


Common name is "red-berried elder" or "red elderberry". The red berries are an important food source for many birds. They have a bitter taste and can cause digestive problems if eaten in large quantities by humans.

Sambucus pubens habit
Sambucus pubens habit
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