Can you identify this plant for me? Came up in my perennial flower bed this...
Can you identify this plant for me? Came up in my perennial flower bed this spring.
Anoka County Minnesota elderberry
The common or American elderberry is a shrub growing from 4 to 12 feet tall. It is found in moist soils along roadsides, ditches, streams, and in fields. It has creamy clusters of tiny star-shaped flowers that become round, purplish-black berries in late summer and early fall. The fruit is used for jelly, pies, and wine. In landscaped situations, black-foliaged varieties of elderberry are sometimes planted. Use the black berries of these plants as you would wild-harvested fruit. Another species sometimes planted as an ornamental is the European elder (Sambucus pubens). This shrub has red fruit that is not edible. I am almost certain this is the type you have as I have seen it take over woodlands.