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Elder

Create cordial and wine with elder flowers and fruit.
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£6.95

Elder

Sambucus nigra

Elder is a small tree, popular for gardens. It was once thought that if you burned elder wood you would see the devil, but if you planted elder by your house it would keep the devil away. The fragrant flowers appear in May - June and can be used to make elderflower cordial. The vitamin C rich berries ripen in late summer and are used to make preserves and wine. In folklore, standing under an elder tree at Midsummer, like standing in a Fairy Ring of mushrooms, will help you see the fairies.

Estimate full grown height: 10 metres or more, but its height can be controlled by pruning. Elder trees grow an estimated 30-60cm each year.

Please note: All parts of the plants are mildly poisonous and should be cooked before eating.

Value to wildlife: The flowers provide nectar for insects and the berries are eaten by birds and mammals. Small mammals such as dormice and bank voles eat both the berries and the flowers. Many moth caterpillars feed on elder foliage, including the white spotted pug, swallowtail, dot moth and buff ermine.

Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Grows everywhere except on sands and prefers rich fertilised soils.

UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

Learn more about this species on our elder profile.

Elder

Sambucus nigra

Elder is a small tree, popular for gardens. It was once thought that if you burned elder wood you would see the devil, but if you planted elder by your house it would keep the devil away. The fragrant flowers appear in May - June and can be used to make elderflower cordial. The vitamin C rich berries ripen in late summer and are used to make preserves and wine. In folklore, standing under an elder tree at Midsummer, like standing in a Fairy Ring of mushrooms, will help you see the fairies.

Estimate full grown height: 10 metres or more, but its height can be controlled by pruning. Elder trees grow an estimated 30-60cm each year.

Please note: All parts of the plants are mildly poisonous and should be cooked before eating.

Value to wildlife: The flowers provide nectar for insects and the berries are eaten by birds and mammals. Small mammals such as dormice and bank voles eat both the berries and the flowers. Many moth caterpillars feed on elder foliage, including the white spotted pug, swallowtail, dot moth and buff ermine.

Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Grows everywhere except on sands and prefers rich fertilised soils.

UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

Learn more about this species on our elder profile.

Planting information: As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants nearby to ensure that damage cannot occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.

Oct-Feb - This is the best time of year for planting trees and your sapling is dormant, as long as it is kept free from frost and wind as well as being kept moist and in light conditions then it will last a few weeks before planting.

Mar-Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out, lose nutrients etc.

On-going care requirements: Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; this will mainly be weeding around the base to reduce the competition for nutrients and ensuring your tree has enough water. For more information about caring for your trees, click here.

Delivery information: Free delivery is available for all tree orders but please allow up to 7-10 days for your delivery to arrive. You will receive a cell grown sapling, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly. 

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