I can never recall what this shrub is called. I always have to look it up. (getting older) It is Red-berried Elder or Sambucus racemosa. It always blooms after the Pin Cherries but before the Chokecherries.
The flowers are upright pyramid shaped. Red berried Elder’s berries are bright red.
We have one along our driveway. My baby brother has many of these in bloom at his lake place.
If it gets berries they are poisonous…but birds can eat them.
Reminder to my baby brother who has eight grands five years old and under…all berries except wild raspberries are off limits to small children. These will likely get frozen and not produce berries but just in case. Good thing these are tall shrubs…but you never can tell what kids will do.
It should not be confused with the Common Elderberry or Sambucus canadensis which has flat topped flowers and blooms later and has purple berries…from which some homemade wine is made.
If you live near the woods do you research all the plants that bloom that may produce berries?