Shrubs of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Taxonomy
Caprifoliaceae
Sambucus racemosa subsp. pubens (Red-berried Elderberry)
Flower colorwhite
Number of petals5
Petal statefused
Leaf persistencedeciduous
Leaf arrangementopposite
Leaf groupingpinnately compound
Leaf marginserrate
Leaf/leaflet shapeelliptic
Fruit typefleshy
Fruit colorred
Flowering datesmid-May
Fruiting datesmid-July
HabitatTalus slopes, rocky ridges
LocalityAlong M & M trail to Bare Mountain and along the crest of the range.
DescriptionA shrub 3 - 10 feet tall with a cone-shaped inflorescence of small white flowers, and later clusters of small, bright red fruits. The opposite compound leaves have from 5 to 7 leaflets. The open flowers can be slightly pinkish, and the clusters of buds are often deep pink or pale purple.
CommentS. canadensis, Common Elderberry, which also occurs in the Holyoke Range, has a flat-topped inflorescence and deep purple to black berries.
Habit photoPW
Habit photo 2PW
Flower photoPW
Flower photo 2PW
Fruit photoKBS
Leaf photoKBS