Sambucus nigra L. subsp. canadensis (L.) Bolli, Diss. Bot. 223:168. 1994 (syn: (≡) Sambucus canadensis L. (basionym); (=) Sambucus canadensis var. laciniata A. Gray; (=) Sambucus simpsonii Rehder) as per GRIN;
American Elderberry, American elder, elderberry, sweet elder, shambhukosha;

Shrub for Id- 071109Jm1 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
On 31/10/09 at Herbal Garden, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, A.P.

Some Sambucus sp.

Thanks, … It matches well with Sambucus canadensis as per details from Indiantreepix Database:

I suppose Sambucus nigra

Mine has nine leaflets. I think Sambucus canadensis only. Also perfectly matches with posts in Indiantreepix Database.
You may like to check Wikipedia links:
“It is a deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 4–6 m (rarely to 10 m) tall. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, 10–30 cm long, pinnate with five to seven (rarely nine) leaflets, the leaflets 5–12 cm long and 3–5 cm broad, with a serrated margin. The hermaphrodite flowers are borne in large corymbs 10–25 cm diameter in mid summer, the individual flowers white, 5–6 mm diameter, with five petals; they are pollinated by flies.” (Sambucus canadensis)
“It is a deciduous suckering shrub growing to 3 m or more tall. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, pinnate with five to nine leaflets, the leaflets around 10 cm long and 5 cm broad. In summer, it bears large (20-30 cm diameter) corymbs of white flowers above the foliage, the individual flowers 5-6 mm diameter, with five petals.”

Perhaps you are right.


Reuest for Tree iD 0039:
Defence Colony, Indiranagar, Bangalore

Sambucus canadensis; family: Sambucaceae.  Please check whether this is the synonym of S.nigra. This is an ornamental bush seen in many places in Mysore also.

Can it be this also? The bark has smaller thorn like dots.

Thanks to all for showing and for id of this plant. This was pending with me from NBPGR Shimla.

Yes i could find those pics
kindly validate


050612 BRS 370 for id id. request.:
Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. request.

Location: NBNP Garden, Anaikatti, Coimbatore (640 MSL)
Date: 28.0.2012
Habitat: garden
Habit: Shrub.

Sambucus sp.

Yes looks like Sambucus Canadensis


Hooghly Today : don’t know what ornamental : Attachments (11). 5 posts by 3 authors.
This one looks like – http://www.flowersofindia.American%20Elder.html
But, leaves are different looking –
Don’t have statistics, because the owner kept looking at me very angrily as long as i was there. The small tree was about 15 ft., leaflet maybe the size of a neem leaflet.

Plant for id Assistance : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
Habra, Kolkata, WB

Sambucus sp??

Is it cultivated ? If so, it can be Sambucus nigra L. subsp. canadensis (L.) Bolli (pl. click for images).
Also check comparative images of different species so far in efi at Sambucus

The flowers and leaves remind me of Sambucus Species as suggested by …

For me the ID by … is correct. I have seen many plants of this species in Mysore.

Thank you everyone.

Sambucus canadensis L. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6) – around 500 kb each.
Location:  Gyaneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Elevation :  4500 ft.
Date 11 November 2108
Habit : Cultivated 

Western ghats Coorg- Dec.’08; in Mahabaleshwar- March’09?; On 31/10/09 at Herbal Garden, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, A.P.; at Ooty hill station- 03 dec 2010; in June 2010 from Germany; 02nd November 2010- Nasik Road, Nasik, Maharashtra;

Please identify these flowers in nasik – efloraofindia | Google Groups
For Id 030710MN – efloraofindia | Google Groups
PLANT FOR ID 36 SMP MAY 2008 – indiantreepix | Google Groups
ID request – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Ornamental tree for id 031210MK2 – efloraofindia | Google Groups


Mahabaleshwar, MH :: Sambucus for validation :: ARK2020-077 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)
Seen near at many places in Mahabaleshwar, MH in March 2020.
Is this Sambucus nigra subsp. canadensis?
Requested to please validate.



Request for identification-A3 : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) – 2 MB.
Kindly request you to identify with scientific names. This photo has been taken in East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya.

Sambucus sp. Check Sambucus adnata.

Did you check with the stated species?

Please check sambucus sp.

I don;t think it is S. adnata, a species which is never more than 2 m tall, a suffrutescent herb. S. adnata looks similar to S. wightiana except for very small stipules

Yes, it appears more closer to images at Sambucus nigra L. subsp. canadensis (L.) Bolli


Id assistance for Darjeeling Himalayan Plant: 2 images.

I need id assistance of the attached plant
Locality: Darjeeling Alubari TN Road
Date of Collection: 7/8/2018
Altitude: 6800 ft
Local Nepalese name: CHINDE

Probably Sambucus canadensis L. !

I hope it is Sambucus canadensis..!!
Must be quite common around

The local name you mentioned is the wrong one. Chindey is a different tree often used to make Chatney and the leaf extract are used for stomach problems infact for Kidney related problems.
Will get back to you once i remember the local name of Sambucus canadensis (only plant species under sambucaceae family found in Darjeeling as far as i know).

I know Chinde is different plant, that is Macropanax undulatum (Araliaceae), but Ward no 7, near Burdwan Palace area 7 local  people called Sambucus Canadensis as “Chinde”. I collected this plant from Ward no 7, that’s why I mentioned here.
Sometimes, same local names are assigned to different species, even taxa under different families.

Another population of Sambucus canadensis is also documented from Alubari TN Road area, they also called it as “Chinde”. Surprisingly Macropanax undulatum tree is located near to it.
It is called Chinde by Smt Bishnupriya Rai of TN Road


Flowers for Id – ID070124SC1: 1 high res. image.

Flowers for Id pl.
Location – Doddabetta, Tamilnadu
Date – December 2023

Sambucus canadensis L.



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