Identification: Leafy Low-Growing Bush with Jagged Leaves in Distinct Pair Arrangement, with Single Leaf at End

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  1. jason9v

    jason9v Active Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    Do you know what this plant is? It grows low on the ground, but is very leafy. The leaves are jagged, and are arranged in pairs along a stem, with a single leaf at the end of the stem.

    Location : Mount Seymour
    Elevation : 1100 m
    Season : Late July

    Jason

    Plant 9 - 1 Overview.jpg Plant 9 - 2 Leaf Detail.jpg
     
  2. Margot

    Margot Renowned Contributor 10 Years

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    I would say this is Red Elderberry - Sambucus racemosa var. arborescens - but when you say it grows low to the ground, I'm not so sure since this shrub can grow to 6 meters tall.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    It just means specimens noticed were young and small. One I measured on Whidbey Island had a single trunk 4' around at breast height, became the US National Champion for a time but then died.
     
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    Margot Renowned Contributor 10 Years

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    It is incredible to me that a Sambucus could grow so large - a tidbit of information I'll remember.
     

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