Species Name (as per The IPNI) : Sambucus canadensis L.
Common name : American Elder, elderberry, sweet elder
Habit : Shrub
Habitat : Very common in cultivated areas in the Himalaya
Comments / notes : ornamental plant
Key identification features : A shrub with smooth young branches, and with leaves usually with 7 oval slender- pointed, sharply toothed, bright green leafletswhich are slightly downy beneath and lower leaflets are lobed. Flowers white, in a domed cluster
Native : N. America to Venezuela and Bolivia.
World Distribution : Alabama, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Illinois, Kentucky, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, New Mexico, New York, Panamá, Peru, Tennessee, Venezuela, Vermont, East Himalaya
Literature : Oleg P & Adam S (1984). Flowers of Himalaya. Oxford University Press: 170