Sambucus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae. The various species are commonly called elder or elderberry. The genus was formerly placed in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae, but was reclassified as Adoxaceae due to genetic and morphological comparisons to plants in the genus Adoxa.
Old ‘wives tales’ tell us that elderberry had connections with witches and that it could be unlucky to bring a plant into the house. However, if planted outside, it would protect the household against witches!
While it might be regarded as an unlikely choice for stick-making, the wood is hard, straight and lightweight. When the bark is removed -(almost invariably it has to be removed)- it reveals a nice yellow wood with regularly spaced nodes and irregular grooving.