Native to Europe and North America, Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is considered a shrub but can resemble a tree. It produces serrated leaves, delicate flowers and juicy berries that are each used for their beneficial properties. The Elderberry has been involved in hunan history centuries, with a reputation for healing both the body and the spirit. In fact, the plant was used so widely and considered so important and valuable that it earned the epithet, "the medicine chest of the country people." The berries are ready for harvest in late summer and are rich in Vitamin C. They are often the main ingredient in pies, jellies, wines and cordials. A healing soothing syrup and tea can also be brewed from Elderberry.