Mexican elderberries

Found a tree fruiting with these berries yesterday (21 June 02007 / summer solstice) on the Atwater side of the River just south of the Los Feliz Bridge, on the pedestrian pathway. Lewis MacAdams (FoLAR) tells me all the trees in this area were planed by Tree People a few years back.

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One response to “Mexican elderberries

  1. Those are probably elderberries from the Mexican Elderberry, aka Blue Elderberry (Sambucus mexicana).

    It’s a common native shrub on local hillsides.

    (I’ve seen some sources claim that the seeds in the berries are mildly toxic, while others mention using the berries for jams and jellies. Can’t vouch for it one way or the other, myself.)

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