The genus Sambucas contains 10 species of flowering plants, commonly called elderberry. The genus occurs in temperate to subtropical regions of the world. The oppositely arranged leaves are pinnate generally with 5–9 leaflets. Each leaf is 2.0–11.8 in long, and the leaflets have serrated margins. They have large clusters of small white or cream-colored flowers in spring, that result in clusters of small black, blue-black, or red berries.
Name Derivation: Named for the sambuca, a stringed instrument made from the elder wood
Common Name: Elderberry
Sambucus is in the family Adoxaceae.