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.