Elder (Sambucus nigra)

Every part of the elder tree is useful, even the wood.

Photograph copyright — Patsy Collins

Sambucus nigra is a hardy deciduous tree that can reach 20 ft, although it may be pruned to grow as a large shrub if preferred. The plant is very easy to grow and not fussy about soil type or situation, although moist soil suits it best. Plants may be grown from seed or cuttings. This plant is often found growing wild in waste…

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Patsy Collins

Patsy Collins

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Author, gardener, photographer, cake eater and campervanner from the south coast of England.