Sambucus pubens

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Sambucus pubens
Sambucus pubens.jpg
Sambucus pubens in flower in spring
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Adoxaceae
Genus: Sambucus
Species: S. pubens
Binomial name
Sambucus pubens
  • 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.[2] 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. To humans, they are poisonous raw but can be eaten if cooked.

Sambucus pubens habit


  1. ^ The Plant List, Sambucus pubens
  2. ^ Michaux, Flora Borealis-Americana 1: 181 1803.