Red Elderberry

Sambucus racemosa
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: tth’iwuq’
  • Description: Deciduous shrub growing 1-6m tall with leaves containing 5-7 lance-shaped, toothed leaflets. Produces pyramidal white flowers that ripen into a cluster of waxy red berries.
  • Habitat: Prefers wet sites with some shade, but can be found in open areas.
  • Harvest: Flowers bloom April-July with fruit ripening in June.
  • Edibility: The berries are edible when cooked, though the seeds are emetic, and the flowers are used in tea and cordial.
  • Fun Fact:  This shrub has many medicinal properties. The leaves, bark and roots can relieve aches and pains when applied externally.

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