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Yellow Elderberry

Sambucus australasica
Yellow Elderberry

This soft-leaved shrub can be recognized by its opposite, compound leaves, each made up of 3-5 leaflets with toothed edges. These leaflets are 5-15 cm long, the tips are pointed and the mid and lateral veins are visible on both surfaces.

The first pair of leaflets is quite distant from the main stalk. The branchlets have green quadrangular stems. In summer, it has small, pale-yellow flowers in large, loose clusters at the ends of the branches. The fruit, which is ripe in autumn-winter, is a small, yellow berry.

Occasional young shrubs are seen in most rainforest patches and, less commonly, a really old, tall one. Yellow Elderberry can easily be propagated from seed, which should be sown as soon as the flesh is removed or within 6 months. It should germinate in 2-8 weeks.

This plant belongs to the same genus as the European Elderberry, Sambucus nigra.

Distribution: Snowy River (Vic) to Mount Glorious (Sth Q1d).