My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“My classes stress the interconnectedness of knowledge. A recent Fulbright fellowship provided the opportunity to work with undergraduate and graduate students at Kyoto Seika University in Japan. My teaching at Colby-Sawyer College is enhanced thanks to this experience.”
Fine and Performing Arts Professor Jon Keenan

Red Elderberry Sambucus racemosa
Honeysuckle Caprifoliaceae family

Leaves are compound, 4-11" long, composed of 5-7 lance-shaped, toothed leaflets.

Flowers/Fruit: Flowers are white and cone-shaped overall, made up of tiny, dense clustered flowers. Fruit clusters are brilliant red; rarely white or yellow. They are not good for eating and may even be toxic. Appear June through September.

Twigs/Bark: Twigs are tan, warty, with rounded, purplish and opposite buds. Pith is brown in color.

Form/Habitat: Red Elderberry can range from 20 inches to 20 feet and prefers rich rocky soils with ample moisture though it will also tolerate saturated soils.



NWI Status: FACU



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