Common Name: coastal red elderberry
Origin/Ecology: Native to BC.
Habit: Arching, grows to 5 m tall, 3 m wide.
Leaves: Compound, soft flexible, lustrous, odd-pinnate, lanceolate, serrulate.
Leaf Arrangement: opposite
Flowers and Fruit: Panicle, white, yellow, Apr-May. Drupe, red, Sept.
Bark: Dark brown, lightly fissured.
Water Use, Soil: Acidic, bog.
Exposure: Part sun, part shade.
Landscape Uses: Attract birds, fall interest, mixed shrub border, reclamation, tall background, wildlife food woodland margin.
Limitations: Dieback, fungal leaf spot, rust, virus.
Other Features: Tallest Sambucus. Buds more prominent than S. caerulea. Larger, wider leaves. Warty lenticels. Stems less waxy and smooth/shiny. Berries shining red, no wax.