Elderberry shrubs bloom in the Anza Valley

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Elderberry shrubs flourish all over the Anza Valley. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Lush clusters of dainty white flowers are drooping from healthy green shrubs throughout the Anza Valley. Blue elderberry bushes are in full bloom and berries are beginning to form, providing tasty food for people, birds, mammals and insects. The blue elderberry is common in the region. It is a deciduous shrub, ranging from Oregon to Baja, California, Mexico. Its close relative, the red elderberry, can be found in more coastal habitats. Elderberry bushes are a fast growing, multi-trunked large shrub that can grow to a maximum height of about 30 feet. The leaves are divided into one to six long, toothed leaflets. Large clusters of white flowers develop in the spring and summer, followed by dense clusters of blue to black berries. The flowers and berries attract insects, birds, rodents
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