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What is this plant

Posted by shelleyh z5 NY (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 22, 12 at 21:45

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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RE: What is this plant

Could be Viburnum nudum or V. cassinoides.


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RE: What is this plant

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).

FataMorgana

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


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