Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1311

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in NC, rare in GA

Look for it in spruce-fir & , esp typical on boulderfield, talus, & other rocky situations, primarily at high elevations in the Mountains, though sometimes descending to low elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 5-11 leaflets
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
5 sepals, very small
5-lobed rotate corolla
5 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Red
Berry

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Dipsacales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Sambucus racemosa var. pubens   FAMILY Adoxaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 174-06-002:
Sambucus pubens   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Red Elderberry, Red-berried Elder, Eastern Red Elderberry


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image of Sambucus racemosa var. pubens

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_sapu11_001_lvd

        

image of Sambucus racemosa var. pubens

JK Marlow    jkm140418_360

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Sambucus racemosa var. pubens

JK Marlow    jkm0505o_23

May    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Sambucus racemosa var. pubens

JK Marlow    jkm0505o_26b

May    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Sambucus racemosa var. pubens

JK Marlow    jkm160503_178

May    Haywood-Jackson Counties    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Bears its flowers in elongated, panicle-like inflorescences, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Sambucus racemosa var. pubens

JK Marlow    jkm0407u_07

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

The leaves have 5 to7 coarsely toothed leaflets, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Sambucus racemosa var. pubens

JK Marlow    jkm060710_197

July    Tucker County    WV

Monongahela National Forest

image of Sambucus racemosa var. pubens

JK Marlow    jkm060710_199

July    Tucker County    WV

Monongahela National Forest

image of Sambucus racemosa var. pubens

Ron Lance    rwl1311_a

July        

Fruits red, borne in elongated or racemose clusters, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.


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image of Sambucus racemosa var. pubens

JK Marlow    jkm111008_791

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve