Blue Elderberry

Sambucus caerulea
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: tth’uykwikw
  • Description: Erect deciduous shrub from 4.5 – 9m tall, with large, pinnately-divided opposite leaves. Fragrant, umbel-shaped inflorescences ripen into clusters of blue berries.
  • Habitat: Open woods and sunny locations on the edges of forests.
  • Harvest: Berries ripen in late summer.
  • Edibility: Berries should be cooked prior to consumption! They are used in jams, pies, cough syrups, and wine. The flowers can be dried for tea or used to make cordial.
  • Fun Fact: Very uncommon in the Southern Gulf Islands.

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