Sambucus racemosa

Common name: Red Elderberry

Native plant

Red Elderberry is a large shrub with attractive, abundant red fruit that ripen in mid-summer. It has a sprawling growth habit and will often form colonies in ideal growing conditions. Unlike Black or Common Elderberry, Sambucus nigra var. canadensis, the fruit of Red Elderberry is slightly toxic and not recommended for consumption. Red Elderberry is found only occasionally in Illinois and has a status of threatened in the state.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Moist Woods, Prairie Grasslands, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
10 Feet
Mature width
6 Feet
Max height
14 Feet
Max width
12 Feet

Additional information

Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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