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What is it? This one is at Stevens park.

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a-1561061568 Jun 20, 2019 01:12 PM
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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.

Emmenanthe Jun 20, 2019 10:05 AM
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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.

a-1561062926 Jun 20, 2019 01:35 PM
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EMMENANTHE - so what are they?

LCP112233 Jun 20, 2019 09:38 AM
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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.

Bug Girl Jun 20, 2019 07:47 AM
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Elderberry, for sure. high in antioxidants.

PeterN Jun 20, 2019 07:14 AM
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Poster's looks like "Blue Elderberry"
See various varities at

MountainMan4865 Jun 19, 2019 10:50 PM
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Goletatim has it - Elderberry... no doubt.

a-1560982590 Jun 19, 2019 03:16 PM
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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.

Eggs Ackley Jun 22, 2019 07:41 AM
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Sambucus nigra L. ssp. caerulea (Raf.) Bolli
Blue elderberry

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.

Eggs Ackley Jun 20, 2019 07:00 AM
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Common California native: Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea (formerly S. caerulea ssp. mexicana)
Blue Elderberry
Ripe berries edible: jam, pie, wine

a-1560978755 Jun 19, 2019 02:12 PM
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Bug Girl Jun 20, 2019 07:49 AM
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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.

a-1560982627 Jun 19, 2019 03:17 PM
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@A-1560982517 1 JUN 19, 2019 02:12 PM-----Is this the new version of Rickrolling?

goletatim Jun 19, 2019 02:09 PM
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My guess...Elderberry

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