Sambucus pubens

Sambucus pubens, the American red elder, is a species of elder (Sambucus) native to eastern North America.[2] The inflorescence is a rounded panicle, making the plant easy to distinguish from the more common S. canadensis, which has a more open, flattened corymb. Some authors have considered S. pubens to be conspecific with S. racemosa L.

Sambucus pubens
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Sambucus pubens in flower in spring
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Adoxaceae
Genus: Sambucus
S. pubens
Binomial name
Sambucus pubens
  • Sambucus racemosa var. pubens (Michx.) S. Wats.
  • Sambucus racemosa var. pubens (Michx.) Koehne
  • Sambucus racemosa subsp. pubens (Michx.) Hultén
  • Sambucus racemosa fo. pubens (Michx.) Voss
  • Sambucus pubens var. arborescens Torr. & A. Gray
  • Sambucus pubens f. calva Fernald
  • Sambucus pubens var. dissecta Britton
  • Sambucus pubens f. dissecta (Britton) Fernald
  • Sambucus pubens var. leucocarpa Torr. & A. Gray
  • Sambucus pubens f. leucocarpa (Torr. & A. Gray) Fernald


Common name is "red-berried elder" or "red elderberry". The red berries are an important food source for many birds. They have a bitter taste and can cause digestive problems if eaten in large quantities by humans.[3]

Sambucus pubens habit


  1. ^ The Plant List, Sambucus pubens
  2. ^ Michaux, Flora Borealis-Americana 1: 181 1803.
  3. ^ Niering, William A.; Olmstead, Nancy C. (1985) [1979]. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers, Eastern Region. Knopf. p. 448. ISBN 0-394-50432-1.