SAMBUCUS

Commonly known as Elder

All flower JUN-JUL

Mainly ornamental but can be planted to support native butterfly and bird species.

Native elder, S. nigra has been used medicinally throughout history and is well-known as various syrups and drinks. A small tree of disturbed ground especially around farmsteads and old cottages where it thrives in nitrogen-rich soil.

A perennial, S. ebulus, Danewort, and probably native can be found scattered throughout the UK on roadsides and waste places.

Genus of about 10 species of herbaceous perennials and deciduous shrubs and trees from woodlands and thickets in temperate and subtropical regions of Eurasia, N and tropical E. Africa, Australia and North and South America.

Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
  • Tall Shrub
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Grown for foliage, flowers and fruits. Good for wildlife garden. Tolerates hard pruning to restrict size
    Place of origin
    Eurasia, north and tropical east Africa, Australia, N. and S. America
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
    Musk-scented flowers
  • Toxic - Category C
    Harmful if eaten
    People & pets. Fruit and flowers safe for people if cooked
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
    Butterfly friendly
    Rabbit Resistant
Sambucus - Growing Guide

Buy Varieties of SAMBUCUS

SAMBUCUS nigra

SAMBUCUS nigra

Black elder, Common elder, Pipe tree

cream coloured fragrant flowers and black fruits

 
individually £11.00 each , 10+ £10.00 each 
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SAMBUCUS nigra 'Aurea'

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Aurea'

Golden elder

golden-yellow leaves

 
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£16.00 each 
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SAMBUCUS nigra 'Black Beauty'

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Black Beauty'

Common elder

dramatic dark purple foliage which appears almost black from a distance. Creamy pink buds and flowers are followed by blackish red berries

 
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£16.00 each 
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SAMBUCUS nigra 'Black Lace'

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Black Lace'

Common elder

dramatic dark purple, nearly-black foliage and dissected leaves like a Japanese maple.

 
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£16.00 each 
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Also Large
£65.00 each 
SAMBUCUS nigra 'Golden Tower'

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Golden Tower'

Common elder

deeply cut bright golden leaves. Upright and narrow habit

 
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£16.00 each 
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SAMBUCUS nigra 'Guincho Purple'

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Guincho Purple'

Purple-leaved elder

deep blackish purple leaves turning red in autumn, pink-tinged flowers

 
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£16.00 each 
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SAMBUCUS racemosa 'Sutherland Gold'

SAMBUCUS racemosa 'Sutherland Gold'

Golden elder, Red-berried elder

the best golden form with fine cut foliage

 
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Useful extras...

Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Grow Your Own
AFTER PLANT GROW YOUR OWN seaweed is ready to use liquid concentrate that was specially formulated be used on all edible plants.
Only £8.00

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Afterplant - Tomatoes
AFTER PLANT TOMATO FEED Liquid Concentrate with Bio stimulant is a high potash liquid concentrate containing seaweed extract, plant derived amino acids and other nutrients specifically formulated to benefit tomatoes and greenhouse plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
3 options from £3.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi
This specially adapted Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi will boost the growth of acid-loving plants like rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers and blueberries. It contains ericoid and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which are found in poor acidic soils where ericaceous plants naturally grow.
Only £7.50

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Only £7.50

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