Sambucus
elder, elderberry
3 species
3 subspecies and varieties
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Sambucus ceruleablue elde, blue elder, blue elderberry
Origin: Native
Sambucus nigra
Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; southern British Columbia south to California, east to western Montana and New Mexico.
Habitat: Valley bottoms and open slopes where not too dry, from near sea level to moderate elevations in the mountains.
Origin: Introduced
Flowers: May-July
Sambucus racemosared elder
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.
Origin: Native
Flowers: March-July
var. arborescens – coast red elderberry
var. melanocarpa – black elderberry