Sambucus racemosa ssp. racemosa has a wide distribution; Europe, Asia Minor, Siberia, W. Asia, N. America. This red berried Elder is bearing magnificent panicles of white flowers, many 400mm in diameter. Far exceeding the flower size of our native black fruited S. nigra. The white flowers, as they open, giving the panicle a lace like quality. Both having the distinctive smell when the foliage is bruised or crushed or pruning work undertaken. These are vigorous deciduous plants and respond well to severe pruning once the foliage has dropped.