SAMBUCUS nigra

Commonly known as Black elder, Common elder, Pipe tree

Cream coloured fragrant flowers and black fruits
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SAMBUCUS nigra

 
Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
individually £9.50 each , 10+ £8.50 each 
Delivery Information Estimated availability autumn 2021
  • Deciduous
    leaves to 25cm (10in) long, each having 5 toothed, mid-green leaflets.
  • White
  • Height
    6m (20ft)
  • Spread
    6m (20ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Upright, bushy shrub with stout shoots. Produces flowers in flattened panicles to 20cm (8in) across followed by spherical, glossy, black fruit.
  • Hardy - very cold winter Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Harmful if eaten These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
  • May cause skin allergy or irritant Having skin or eye contact with these plants could result in an allergic reaction, burning or rash.
  • Additional Features
    Good to know - UK native. Wildlife plant - insects, birds.
  • Pests & Diseases
    black fly infest the young shoots and foliage.
  • Place of origin
    Europe, north Africa, south-west Asia.
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Coastal / windswept
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf form
    Pinnate see photos above
  • Leaf margin
    Serrate see photos above
  • Leaf shape
    Ovate see photos above
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers - musk-scented.
  • Seasonal Interest
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil - moderately fertile
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
  • Bird friendly
  • Butterfly friendly
  • Rabbit Resistant
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Sambucus - Growing Guide
6m (20ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  6m (20ft)
 

Buy Varieties of SAMBUCUS nigra

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Aurea'

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Aurea'

Golden elder

Golden-yellow leaves

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
MULTIBUY Any 3+ for £12.00 each
£14.50 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

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
MULTIBUY Any 3+ for £12.00 each
£14.50 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
SAMBUCUS nigra 'Black Lace'

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Black Lace'

Common elder

Dramatic dark purple, nearly-black foliage and dissected leaves like a japanese maple.

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
MULTIBUY Any 3+ for £12.00 each
£14.50 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Also Specimen
£65.00 each 
SAMBUCUS nigra 'Golden Tower'

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Golden Tower'

Common elder

Deeply cut bright golden leaves. Upright and narrow habit

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ for £12.00 each
£14.50 each 
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Available from December to January -
Also Specimen
£65.00 each 
SAMBUCUS nigra 'Guincho Purple'

SAMBUCUS nigra 'Guincho Purple'

Purple-leaved elder

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

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ for £12.00 each
£14.50 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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SAMBUCUS nigra laciniata

SAMBUCUS nigra laciniata

Cut-leaved elder, Fern-leaved elder

Finely divided fern-like leaves

 
MULTIBUY Any 3+ for £12.00 each
£14.50 each 
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Available Early Spring 2022 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.

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