A genus of low trees or shrubs comprising about twelve species, all hardy, which will grow in any soil or situation, even the most exposed.
Our native species, Sambucus glauca, grows to the height of about twenty feet and is common throughout the State. It is not recommended as an ornamental tree or shrub for large planting in ornamental grounds but rather as a shelter shrub in exposed situations and in poor soil. Sambucus racemosa is very similar in habit to Sambucus glauca, only the berries, instead of being black, are bright scarlet and are much more effective in the landscape on that account.
Sambucus aurea, a golden-leaved variety, is a fine ornamental plant, and, when planted in masses in the shrubbery, is very effective.
Propagate by cuttings placed in the open ground late in October.