elderberry look alikes

Central Florida is a border line area for growing Elderberry. The Potentially Toxic Elderberry Look-Alike October 6, 2017 Aralia spinosa, often called devil's walking stick, is commonly confused for the American elderberry. I shy away from looking for wild carrot in fear I will accidently get wild hemlock instead. See arrows to right. Unripe elderberry fruit is toxic and the ripe fruit bothers some people. But now reading about its benefits everywhere. Also it was from a small tree, at least 8 or 9 feet high so that pretty much eliminates all poisonous hemlock species, doesn’t it? I have a deep creek that runs around half of my property. What kind of berry is it? Elderberries are tiny. The small, white, five-petal flowers, about 1/4 inch across, are produced in rounded, somewhat flat-topped clusters, called cymes, at the ends of the branches.

Foraged greens like pokeweed need to be boiled two or three times to make the green palatable.

As for the veins they are tiny……….. difficult to see. These leaves belong to Aralia spinosa, also known as Hercules' club. The berries are grouped in huge clumps. So you probably don't need to freak out.

Let’s also talk about habitat. We also live in Florida, near Tampa. There may be an occasional exception but the trend of the majority is very clear. The wood is toxic and has poisoned folks who have made whistles out of the green wood. He says that he makes jelly and uses all the berries. On much older plants the bark will become vertically furrowed. And Deane do you have a post on swamp titi? Glad the pics helped you out. The Elderberry, Sambucus canadensis, is a shrub with bark, to ten feet or more. When I read your description, I was left with absolutely no doubt. In the meantime, consider elderberry for your home medicine chest. Someone gave me 4 gallons of frozen. It is in the same family as elderberry. THANKS. However, the veins seem to terminate in the teeth. We made delicious pancakes from them. This story should do it! Depending upon the size of the individual, the amount consumed and which parts consumed death will occur in 15 minutes to a little over two hours. The Water Hemlock is herbaceous, read not woody. Please reply or comment. Elderberry blooms are irregular flattops. 17 Replies. The main stem has vertical groves in it and is hollow. In light of this total lack of scientific research, it is at least interesting to look at some of the traditional and folk uses of the plant. I have read just the purple berries but I can’t find the article. They are woody. You will get many ideas to make the syrup. I’ve found a few plants that look very very similar to the water hemlock as described above – similar leaf blade shape, similar alternate-compound leaves and similar overall compound leaf size, similar compound umbel white carrot-family flowers. Aralia is especially common in the southern half of the East Coast, but its range extends well into New England. It is usually at least purple at the nodes and sometimes young plants can be entirely dusky purple. The Potentially Toxic Elderberry Look-Alike, tincture made from the berries is good for tooth pain, Autumn Olives - The Invasive Superberry →. Those produce seeds, not fruit. Question… I have three trees (or tall shrubs? Yet while the American elder, Sambucus canadensis, as well as the European Sambucus nigra, are well-researched, time-tested wild medicinals, devil's walking stick has a more complicated story. The leaves look exceptionally similar.

Does anyone know for certain if you can use the red and green elderberries for elderberry syrup?

One comment/observation I will make is that the leaf IS bulbous before it elongates to a defined point. I admit that I've made syrup out of curiosity, with zero observable ill-effects, but I wouldn't advise you to do the same. Thank you, Al, for your comments. "Devil's walking stick" indeed. leaves are directly opposite each other.

Now the lenticels are corky lumps seen at left. Disclaimer: Information contained on this website is strictly and categorically intended as a reference to be used in conjunction with experts in your area. Foraging should never begin without the guidance and approval of a local plant specialist. I’m glad you found the article useful. Any help would be awesome. The berries of pokeweed are NOT edible and can cause a very bad stomach ache and should not be eaten be children. Green, The veins of the water hemlock are quite different. The leaves and stems of elderberry give off a strong, unpleasant odor when cut or bruised. It has opposite compound leaves, feathery. The main thing that makes these Dogwoods more likely candidates for elderberry confusion than other look-alikes like Pokeberry and Water Hemlock is the fact that they too are shrubs of very similar proportions (from 6-10′ high) to elderberry. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

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