Blue edler (Sambucus cerulea) belongs to the Caprifoliaceae (the Honeysuckle family). It is a semi-tall deciduous tree that is native to western North America, and distributed from southern British Columbia to California, Arizona, New Mexico, and western Montana. This tree grows in the mountains or along streams, and can reach about 9 m in height. The leaves are odd-pinnately compound with 7-9, lanceolate to elliptic, sharply toothed leaflets. The umbel are borne at the terminal branches, and the white or creamy, numerous flowers bloom from May to June. The fruits are berry-like drupes, appearing pale powdery blue, and they are edible raw, cocked or used in preserves.