Plant ID forum: Red Elderberry?

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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Jun 23, 2017 6:33 PM CST
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This is Red Elderberry, correct? If so, can I eat it like other sambucas?
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 23, 2017 8:16 PM CST
Reid, the leaves on your plant don't look right to me for red elderberry (or, is there another plant growing there as well?). Check this link for identification and info: https://www.minnesotawildflowe...

(at any rate, they do say the red elderberry fruit isn't edible)
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 23, 2017 9:01 PM CST
I think Anderwood might have shown us just the fruit. Maybe the two leaves that you can just see the petiole end are actually the leaves to this plant. If that's the case, we need more photos: Leaves and the rest of the tree.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 24, 2017 10:31 AM CST
Per my field guide, red elderberries are edible if they are cooked. Typical use is as a jam. The stems, bark, leaves and roots are toxic due to cyanide producing glycosides.
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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Jun 25, 2017 3:07 PM CST
Here are the leaves and stem.

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 25, 2017 3:22 PM CST
Looks like red elderberry to me, they grow like weeds in our fields and wood edges. Fast growing, good for screens, birds eat the berries.
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Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
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Leftwood
Jun 26, 2017 4:28 PM CST
Yes, it is red elderberry. (Sambucus racemosa)
Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Jun 28, 2017 6:38 PM CST
@leftwood can I eat them?
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DaisyI
Jun 28, 2017 6:51 PM CST
Do you want to? There must be a reason it is called "stinking elderberry". D'Oh!
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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Anderwood
Jun 28, 2017 7:30 PM CST
I quote Monty Python, "Your mother smelt of elderberries and your father was a hampster!"

Maybe I won't!
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 28, 2017 7:38 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 28, 2017 8:32 PM CST
I've never heard the term 'stinking elderberry...' Guess I'll go out and smell mine.
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Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
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Leftwood
Jun 28, 2017 8:43 PM CST
This is a time that part of the rhyme:
Berries red, have no dread
doesn't work. Birds like them, but definitely not good for humans.
BTW, you ought to bookmark the Minnesota Wildflower site, and do consider donating, too. Katy and Peter are very fastidious in there descriptions and very few sites include photographs of the different parts of plants in the detail that is needed for accurate identification.
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