Common elder Sambucus nigra
- Common elder Latin name
- Sambucus nigra Common name
- Common elder Plant family
- Common elder Description
- Common elder Planting preferences
- Common elder Uses
Sambucus (Caprifoliaceae) – varieties of deciduous and perennial shrubs grown for their flowers, fruit and foliage.
Form: Bushy shrub
Height: 6 metre
Spread: 6 metres
Leaves: Cork-like shoots and yellowy green leaves made up of 5 oval leaflets
Flowers/berries: Flat heads of fragrant star-shaped, cream-coloured flowers in dense clusters in Spring followed by spherical black fruits in Summer
Normally grown for: Its flowers and black fruits that are sometimes used to make elder wine.
Notes: for best effect trim heavily in Winter.
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Soil type: Needs fertile moist soil.
Planting situation: Sun