Irish wildflowers

Sambucus nigra
Family: Caprifoliaceae

Flowering: June-July. Fruiting: August-September.
Deciduous tree or large shrub. Native.

Dense heads of sweet-scented creamy-white flowers, followed by purple-black edible berries. Leaves with 5-9 toothed leaflets. Pithy stems. Furrowed, corky bark. Many suckers are produced from base. Height to 10m.

Widespread, woods, scrub, hedgerows.

Similar: Dwarf Elder, S. ebulus

Photograph above: June 2007, Ballingeary, Co.Cork.

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