Identify this plant

I stopped and picked one cause I thought it was Elderberry. I noticed them blooming alongside the highway in many places from Dade City to maybe as far N as Ocala.

Can you identify?

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Looks like an elderberry to me. To be sure, would need to see the ovary position (should be inferior), and how many leaves attach to the stem at the node (should be two - opposite leaves). You should also have flowers dropping off, complete with all petals and stamens as a group.

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Looks like Asclepias incarnata (there is a white variety), or some closely related type of Milkweed.

Reminds me of the “7 sons flower”–heptacodium. (But it blooms in July-Sept.)

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The leaves, the flowers, everything match my elderberry that is profusely flowering right now.

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This is 100% elderberry.

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I do not think that is 7 sons flower tree (You are correct about it not blooming now) but what an amazing tree 7 sons flower tree is! Huge nectar producer and amazing tree that almost went extinct, rescued from a small mountainous region in china!

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Yes–heptacodium, and tetradium, are good nectar producers at a time of the year other things may be scarce.

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