What is this plant

shelleyh(z5 NY)July 22, 2012

We was kayaking in a freshwater swamp when we came upon

a woody shrub which from a distance appeared like Joe Pye

Weed but on closer observation the 'flowers' were large clusters of dark pink small berries hanging off the tops

of the branches. Thought maybe it was poison sumac but it

wasn't. The bushes were at least 6 feet tall. Unfortunately,

we didn't get a photo of it. Does anyone have a guess?

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Could be Viburnum nudum or V. cassinoides.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 9:55PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) would be a common sight in NY and are fruiting now. They grow in a huge range of conditions including at the edge of water. The berries go from green to red to purple - not really what I would ever call pink, but a possibility. Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa), not as common in my NY travels, are also fruiting now. They have bright red berries. I spotted some of those on a recent hike and a picture of the fruiting bush is in a recent article on my blog (see attached link).


Here is a link that might be useful: blog article - native medicinal plants

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 8:50AM
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