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Sambucus racemosa L. var. racemosa
red elderberry

General Information
Symbol: SARAR3
Group: Dicot
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Shrub
Native Status: CAN   N
L48   N
AK   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM   


Symbol Scientific Name
SARAP5 Sambucus racemosa L. var. pubens (Michx.) Koehne
SAMI15 Sambucus microbotrys Rydb.
SAPU11 Sambucus pubens Michx.
SARAL2 Sambucus racemosa L. var. leucocarpa (Torr. & A. Gray) Cronquist
SARAM5 Sambucus racemosa L. var. microbotrys (Rydb.) Kearney & Peebles
SAPUA Sambucus pubens Michx. var. arborescens Torr. & A. Gray
SARAA3 Sambucus racemosa L. var. arborescens (Torr. & A. Gray) A. Gray
SARAL3 Sambucus racemosa L. var. laciniata W.D.J. Koch ex DC.
SARAP Sambucus racemosa L. ssp. pubens (Michx.) House
SACA11 Sambucus callicarpa Greene


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Dipsacales
Family Caprifoliaceae – Honeysuckle family
Genus Sambucus L. – elderberry
Species Sambucus racemosa L. – red elderberry
Variety Sambucus racemosa L. var. racemosa – red elderberry

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Sambucus pubens
red-berried elder
Sambucus racemosa ssp. pubens
red elderberry
Rhode Island
Sambucus racemosa var. pubens
red-berried elderberry



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Quinlan Low


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Quinlan Low


Quinlan, S.E., and S. Cuccarese. 2004. Native Alaskan and exotic plants used by wildlife. Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Anchorage.

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover
High Average 25-50% of diet Regular source of cover
Low 5-10% of diet Infrequently used as cover
Minor 2-5% of diet Sparsely used as cover
Moderate Average 10-25% of diet Occasional source of cover