Common Elderberry Trees & Hedge Plants

Key Data
Misc Edible Fruit / Nuts, Wildlife Value
Shade Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas
Soil Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry, Wet
Type Native, Screening
Also Good Fragrant

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60/80 cm Bareroot Out of Stock £1.94Out of Stock £1.08Out of Stock £0.96Out of Stock £0.80Out of Stock £0.65

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Sambucus Nigra Hedging

The Common Elderflower tree, Sambucus nigra, is a large native shrub that can be used as a rough, rugged country hedging plant. It will grow almost anywhere.
Elderflower is good for hedges up to about 6 metres high.
You can also buy Golden Elder trees here. Alternatively, view our selection of native hedging or see our full range of hedging plants.

Elderflower plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).

Spacing an Elderflower hedge:
Plant Elder hedging at 2-3 plants per metre, 33-50cms apart.
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.

General description of Elderflower plants:
The Common Elderflower or Elderberry is small native tree or large shrub with graceful, fern-like leaves. It produces white flowers and black berries, which are used in elderflower cordial and wine or syrup making respectively.

Elder (Sambucus nigra)is included in some mixed hedging packs although isn't really suitable for planting in the middle of a mixed hedge because it will aggressively grow into the plants beside it. You can control this with 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 to use; elderflower cordial will store for a long time, so it's not a problem if you make gallons of it. Hawthorn berries don't have much flavour and it is a bit of a chore to remove the seed from each little fruit (it's a good job for the kids), but they are nutritious and useful for bulking up a hedgerow jam.

History & uses of Sambucus nigra:
Homemade Elderflower Cordial is a fabulous soft drink, and easy to make. Feel free to use our own elderflower cordial recipe

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