Distribution: Widely distributed throughout much of Washington; ranging throughout the United States and Canada, except the southern States.
Habitat: A wide variety of areas, typically in forests, fields, and wet areas.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Large shrub to 6 meters tall; the twigs with a soft pithy center.
Opposite, pinnately compound with 5-7 lanceolate leaflets.
White or creamy, minute; in large pyramidal clusters at ends of branches.
Small berries 5-6 mm across, usually bright red, but sometimes purplish-black.
Look for opposite pinnately compound leaves, pyramidal clusters of tiny white flowers, and red or purple-black fruits (S. nigra ssp. caerulea has flat-topped flower clusters and bluish-white fruits).