Common Elder - Sambucus nigra 40cm - 60cm
40cm - 60cm
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Sambucus nigra (common Elder) is a Native, small tree or large shrub, growing up to 15m and can live for 60 years! Creamy-white, fragrant flowers appear in early summer, used to make Elderflower cordials, followed by small black berries in autumn. Berries can be used to make wine, preserves and even go in a pudding pie. Leaves turn yellow in autumn, before dropping. Flowers provide nectar for insects and the berries are eaten by birds and mammals. Small mammals such as 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.