Name: Blue Elderberry

(Mexican Elderberry)

(Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea)

Family: Moschatel (Adoxaceae)
Flowering Season: March thru December
Notes: A native shrub or tree, the branches and stems have a soft core which allows them to be hollowed-out easily. They were used by the Native Americans to make arrow shafts and flutes. The ripe berries are edible and are used to make jams and wine.

It has compound leaves, with five leaflets in each group. Can reach 30 feet.

Photographs by Gabi McLean
Blue Elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea)