Sambucus- Elder

Deciduous, exceptionally fast-growing shrubs with little ornamental value.

Situation:

The elder is of value in a new garden, since it is a veritable pioneer in that it will quickly provide plenty of greenery and makes a good wind-break for other plants.

After a few years the elder can be removed.

Soil:

Elders will grow in any type of soil and will even improve it, but the shrubs rarely last very long.

Propagation:

From winter cuttings.

Sambucus nigra, European elder: Height to 6 m; a shrub, more rarely a small tree. Composite leaves, off-white flowers with a disagreeable scent in early to mid summer. The berries are dark violet in colour, excellent for making jam or jelly. ‘Aurea’ has golden-yellow foliage, very striking; ‘Laciniata’ has deeply incised leaves.

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