The lush compound leaves and masses of creamy flowers followed with bright red berries give Sambucus racemosa | Red Elderberry the look of a semi-tropical plant. It grows at higher elevations so it likes cool temperature, but it will thrive in home landscapes if placed in afternoon shade with a medium amount of water. It provides excellent shade for native woodland perennials such as Forget Me Not, Lupines and Richards Geranium just to name a few. Screens and hedges are also a good use for Red Elderberry. A warning! All parts of Red Elderberry plants including leaves, stems, bark and roots contain potentially dangerous cyanide-like toxins and the berries should be cooked before eating. Birds and other small critters readily eat the fruit.
Growth rate: Fast
White flowers followed with red fruit