by an edhat reader,
What is it? This one is at Stevens park.
@A-1560982517 1 JUN 19, 2019 02:12 PM-----Is this the new version of Rickrolling?
Its contextual too, the insult of smelling like Elderberries comes from folks making cheap wine/booze from whatever was available with a bit of sugar. Elderberries are pretty tart, but they do make a tasty wine, if a bit of sugar is added. English folks would make elderberry wine, but it was something that 'low brow' alcoholics would drink. So the insult of saying someone smelled of elderberries, is in fact, calling them a cheap drunk.
Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), also known as the purging or European buckthorn) is an invasive shrub that grows rapidly and aggressively. Maintaining this plant, sometimes wrongly identified as an ornamental shrub, contributes directly to its propagation. NOT EDIBLE. BERRIES TOXIC.
Concur w/ GOLETATIM
Common California native: Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea (formerly S. caerulea ssp. mexicana)
Ripe berries edible: jam, pie, wine
Sambucus nigra L. ssp. caerulea (Raf.) Bolli
CalFlora dot org
Leaves are compound which rules out Rhamnus
This plant is very common on the south coast is easy to identify by its toothy compound leaves, berries, and growth habit.
Goletatim has it - Elderberry... no doubt.
Poster's looks like "Blue Elderberry"
See various varities at
Elderberry, for sure. high in antioxidants.
I frequently pick wild elderberries and make jelly out of them. Have been doing it for many decades. While the photo resembles elderberry, I would be suspect because they are not ripe for the picking until late September and through October.
The person who guessed Rhamnus cathartica has minimal plant knowledge. Thankfully s/he advised not eating the plant they misidentified. With that degree of ignorance, s/he could easily recommend a poisonous plant as edible. Please be careful, people.
EMMENANTHE - so what are they?
Elderberry plants have red stems at the fruits and the berries are much much more shiny and uniformly darker than these shown in poster's photos.