Green Elder Trees

Sambucus nigra


A small tree and famous for its flowers which make the wonderful Elderflower cordial.


Botanical name

Sambucus nigra

When to plant



The Elder is a small shrub like tree that is native to most of Europe. The flowers and the berries are both used to make a variety of drinks and tonics. They are widely cultivated and grown for their pretty highly scented clusters of creamy flowers in early summer and the blue-black berries in autumn. Elders are easy to grow and tolerating semi shade are a useful addition to gardens and hedgrows. They are helpful to birds and butterflies and fallen fruit will help feed our little wildie creatures.


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