White Elderberry

White Elderberry growing in Milarri Garden
White Elderberry growing in Milarri Garden
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria

Burne-burne (Djabwurrung), Garawed (Gunaikurnai)

Botanical name: Sambucus gaudichaudiana
Family: Caprifoliaceae


This soft-leafed shrub produces clusters of cream-coloured berries which can be eaten raw.


White Elderberry is found in sclerophyll forests and riparian woodland and scrub in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia.


White Elderberry grows 0.6–2 m tall and 0.5–1.5 m wide. In cultivation this perennial herbaceous herb does best in well-drained soil but it can also tolerate moist shady areas.

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Flowers of the White Elderberry