Also called Scarlet Elder and June-Bearing Elder. Ornamental elderberry and important wildlife plant. Commonly seen in the wild all over Maine, popping up in disturbed areas or along old barn foundations. Very cold hardy.
To distinguish them from other elderberries, note their pyramidal flower panicles, the fire-engine–red berry color and the time of fruiting—early summer, not late. Great early forage for bees and birds, not recommended for humans.
In his Native Trees, Shrubs & Vines, William Cullina states, “The most remarkable thing about scarlet elder is not just the brilliant color of the fruits but their ripening in midsummer, when green dominates the landscape. Amid shades of emerald, moss, jade, and olive, the clusters of scarlet berries practically leap to your eye.” We agree! Native to the U.S. Z3. Maine Grown. (1-3' bare-root plants)
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