Elder (Sambucus spp.)

General Information

Family: Moschatel family (Viburnaceae)
Flowering period in Central Europe: Early spring to late summer
Months: 5–7

Allergy potential
Low allergenicity.

Not known.

Botanical Information

Widespread in the northern hemisphere, in South America, Central Africa, and Australasia, mainly in temperate climates but also in mountainous regions of the tropics.

Habit  — Shrub, semi-shrub, or small tree. Foliage — Summer-green, leaves pinnate, leaflets elliptical, leaf margin usually serrated. Reproduction — Umbrella-like or corymb-like inflorescences, individual flowers bisexual and radially symmetrical, berry-like drupes (black, blue, or red).

Common species in Europe:

European elder (Sambucus nigra).
Habit — Shrub. Reproduction — White flowers terminal in umbrella-like inflorescences, berries black. Flowering period in Central Europe — May to June.