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SAMBUCUS

Commonly known as Elder



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.


  • Deciduous
  • Tall Shrub
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these. - also contact with leaves may irritate skin. Fruits are safe when cooked
  • Additional Features - Good to know - grown for foliage, flowers and fruits. Good for wildlife garden. Tolerates hard pruning to restrict size
  • Pests & Diseases - blackfly infest young shoots. Verticillium wilt.
  • Place of origin - Eurasia, north and tropical east Africa, Australia, N. and S. America
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Bog garden
  • Is Scented Plant - Scented flowers - musk-scented flowers
  • Soil Conditions - Alkaline / Chalk loving
  • Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Wet or boggy soil
  • Wildlife - Butterfly friendly

Buy Varieties of SAMBUCUS

SAMBUCUS nigra

SAMBUCUS nigra  >


Commonly known as: Black elder, Common elder, Pipe tree.
cream coloured fragrant flowers and black fruits
Multibuy
individually £8.50 each, 10+ £7.50 each

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Aurea'

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Aurea'  >


Commonly known as: Golden elder.
Golden-yellow leaves
Multibuy Any 3+ for £11.00 each
£14.00 each

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Black Beauty'

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Black Beauty'  >


Commonly known as: Common elder.
Dramatic dark purple foliage which appears almost black from a distance. Creamy pink buds and flowers are followed by blackish red berries
Multibuy Any 3+ for £11.00 each
£14.00 each

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Black Lace'

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Black Lace'  >


Commonly known as: Common elder.
Dramatic dark purple, nearly-black foliage and dissected leaves like a Japanese maple.
Multibuy Any 3+ for £11.00 each
£14.00 each
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Also Specimen £50.00 each
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SAMBUCUS nigra 'Guincho Purple'

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Guincho Purple'  >


Commonly known as: Purple-leaved elder.
Deep blackish purple leaves turning red in autumn, pink-tinged flowers
Multibuy Any 3+ for £11.00 each
£14.00 each
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SAMBUCUS nigra laciniata  AWARD

SAMBUCUS nigra laciniata  >


Commonly known as: Cut-leaved elder, Fern-leaved elder.
Finely divided fern-like leaves
Multibuy Any 3+ for £11.00 each
£14.00 each

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Serenade'

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Serenade'  >


Commonly known as: Common elder.
An attractive mixture of dark, yellowish and green foliage which alters and varies as it grows and develops
Multibuy Any 3+ for £11.00 each
£14.00 each

SAMBUCUS racemosa 'Sutherland Gold'  AWARD

SAMBUCUS racemosa 'Sutherland Gold'  >


Commonly known as: Golden elder, Red-berried elder.
The best golden form with fine cut foliage
Multibuy Any 3+ for £11.00 each
£14.00 each
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