Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa/Red Elderbewrry

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa / Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa
Compound foliage with purple petiole
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Compound foliage with purple petiole

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Striking scarlet red berries in summer and fall

Fruit and foliage

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Scientific Name: Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa
Common Name: Red Elderbewrry
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: Has small white flowers and striking red berries in late summer and fall. Fruit have undesirable taste when green, but birds and other wildlife eat them once theiy are red and ripened. Widely distributed in Califlorniaand can grow in relatively poor soils that may be dry.