Rocky Mountain elderberry inhabits streamside habitats, and like its blue-berried cousin (blue elderberry), it develops showy white-flowers throughout the summer and berries in the fall. The berries are dark purple, and are generally made into jams or wine and not consumed raw. 

 

This species is a good candidate for a riparian planting, or in a thicket along with water birch, grey alder, dogwood, rocky mountain maple, and black hawthorn. Suitable understory companions include cow parsnip, lady and male ferns, large-leaf avens, and thimbleberry (to name a few!).

 

Rocky Mountain elderberry

  • Sambucus racemosa var. melanocarpa