DaisyI said:You're right Arico, it does look like an Elderberry.
Why is the tree skinned on that side? Where is the graft? Did you plant the tree or was it planted for you?
I planted it. I bought the tree in somewhat weak condition for a discount. Some of the leaves are dying but I was assured by some friends that it could be restored. The graft is there at the bottom of the trunk. It may be hard to see in the pic. Not sure about the skinned part. Ill have to go look closely. None of us noticed the side growth while it was in the planter. Should I cut the side growth off?