Scientific Name

Sambucus nigra L. subsp. caerulea (Raf.) Bolli

Family

Adoxiaceae

Other or older name(s)

Sambucus mexicana Presl.   Mexican elderberry

General

An attractive tree with large masses of small white flowers, and, later, purple berries.  Native peoples used various parts of this tree for food, medicine and tools.  Widely distributed in western North America.

CI

This is one of the larger trees in the CI habitats.  It blooms in late Spring/Early Summer.

References

See this species on CalFlora.

The Jepson Manual (2012:  160, Adoxiaceae, by Charles D. Bell). 

McAuley (1996:  293).

sambucus-10apr2013Sambucus nigra (flowers), habitat to the south of University Glen, CI (10 April 2013).

sambucus-22jun2013Sambucus nigra, habitat to the south of University Glen, CI (the same tree as in picture above from 2013) (22 June 2003).

sambucus-22june2003-1 Sambucus nigra, habitat to the south of University Glen, CI (the same tree as in picture above from 2013) (22 June 2003).

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Sambucus nigra near pathway long base of hill to south of University Glen, CI campus (13 June 2014).

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Sambucus nigra large tree at base of hill along southern edge entrance area to University Park, CI campus (1 June 2015).

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Sambucus nigra large tree at base of hill along southern edge entrance area to University Park, CI campus (1 June 2015).

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Sambucus nigra large tree at base of hill along southern edge entrance area to University Park, CI campus (1 June 2015).