Blue Elderberry

Genus Sambucus
Honeysuckle Family (Caprifoliaceae)

Blue Elderberry shrub with flowers

Blue Elderberry
or Blueberry Elder
(Sambucus caerulea)

Grows along the roadsides in the lower parts of our mountain canyons. Large shrub or small tree. Blossoms are borne in a large flat-topped umbel.

When ripe, the berries are dark blue or purple, and hang from the branches in heavy clusters.

A cluster of blue elderberries

Blue Elderberry shrub with ripe berries

See a Red Elderberry
from Albion Basin

Little Cottonwood Canyon
Wasatch Mountains
Salt Lake County, Utah


by Sandra Bray