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  • Blue Elderberry


    Blue elderberry (Sambucus cerulea) has the distinction of having several common names.   It is called a large bush by some or a small tree by others.  By any name it has been extremely useful to Native populations.  The leaves are pointed and sharp toothed, the flowers are white or creamy, in umbel clusters.  The fruits look like berries, bluish-black.  All parts of the tree were used for medicine,  berries for food and dyes, the wood for musical instruments like flutes, whistles or clappers, and sticks for fire makers.