Common Elderberry Trees

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General Info Edible Fruit / Nuts, Wildlife Value
Shade Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Scotland & The North
Soil Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry, Wet
Type Native, Screening
Ornamental Fragrant
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Sambucus nigra: Bareroot Elderflower Hedging

The Common Elderflower or Elderberry tree, Sambucus nigra, is a large native shrub or small tree with graceful, fern-like leaves. It produces deliciously scented white flowers and purple berries, which are both edible. It can be used as a rough, rugged country hedging plant and will grow almost anywhere.
Left alone, Elderflower makes a verdant tree about 6 metres high: for more ornamental value, have a look at our Golden Elder trees. Browse our selection of native hedging or see our range of hedging plants.

Delivery season: Bareroot plants are delivered during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.


  • Height: 6m
  • Soil: Grows anywhere, shade tolerant
  • Use: Rough native hedging, wildlife cover.
  • Single Row: 2/m
  • Edible, fragrant flowers and fruit

Growing Elderberry

It is indestructible and will grow practically anywhere in the UK, including piles of construction rubbish, and very sandy coastal soils. In full shade, it will become sparse and produce few flowers, but otherwise be fine. Few shrubs are easier to grow. I once hacked an old elder to pieces to remove it, and dumped the pieces into an unused, overgrown area of the garden. Two years later, there was an Elder thicket there.

Spacing an Elderflower hedge: Being such a bulky beast, a 50cm spacing is fine.

This plant is aggressive and is not recommended for a mixed hedge. It will never form a tidy, formal hedge and looks best when it is allowed to get a bit overgrown.

Elderflower in your Garden

Elder is included in some mixed hedging packs although isn't really suitable for planting in the middle of a native hedge because it will aggressively grow into the plants beside it. You can control this with hard pruning, but to save you the effort we recommend using it at the end of a hedge, on a strip by itself or planting it away from the hedge and letting it grow as a large shrub or small tree. Letting it grow freely will also give you a lot more flower heads and then berries. A farm near us has about 100m of solid elder hedge that they cut back in alternating 2 metre sections every year, so that there is always a good crop of flowers on the sections that were not trimmed.  

The leaves are poisonous to most domestic animals.

Did You Know?

Our own Elderflower cordial recipe makes a fabulous soft drink, and easy to prepare. With a bit more work, you can also make Elderflower syrup and Elderflower champagne. It is widely used in alcoholic drinks across Europe, such as types of Hungarian brandy and Swedish snaps. You can also try battering the flowers and quickly frying them for a cheap but exotic snack.

It is usually the case with widespread native plants that are also useful to humans to have a lot of common names from various regions, which include: acte, arn, boon, bur, boor and pipe tree.

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*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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