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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.
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
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
Scented flowers - musk-scented flowers
Alkaline / Chalk loving
Fertile moist well-drained soil
Wet or boggy soil
Buy Varieties of SAMBUCUS
cream coloured fragrant flowers and black fruits
Dramatic dark purple foliage which appears almost black from a distance. Creamy pink buds and flowers are followed by blackish red berries
Dramatic dark purple, nearly-black foliage and dissected leaves like a japanese maple.
Deeply cut bright golden leaves. Upright and narrow habit
Deep blackish purple leaves turning red in autumn, pink-tinged flowers
Finely divided fern-like leaves
The best golden form with fine cut foliage