Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sambucus in Spring

The beautiful buds of the sambucus, otherwise known as elder or elderberry.

In Europe, the flowers that this plant produces are used to make elderflower cordial. Right now the flowers are still tight buds, but in time they will open to create a cluster of small white flowers not unlike Queen Anne's lace.

The beautiful lacey leaves of this plant make it a Japanese maple look-alike, especially the Blace Lace variety, shown here.

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