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What do elderberry bushes look like?

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Elderberry bushes are flowering plants that belong to the Adoxaceae family, recognizable by their umbels of five-petaled flowers and known for their distinctive scent. The leaves of the elderberry bush have fine to nine leaflets between two and 11 inches in length.

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Elderberry bushes are woody plants that have bark on both trunks and branches. These bushes produce white or cream-colored flowers and are common throughout many temperate and subtropical regions. Flowers typically blossom in the late spring followed by clusters of red, black or blue-black berries. These berries are edible once cooked, although the leaves, branches and seeds of the elderberry bush contain a cyanide-inducing glycoside.

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