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Elder   (Sambucus nigra)        NATIVE

Deciduous shrubs and small trees frequently coppiced and used for hedges. Large creamy white flower
heads in Summer, Deep purple red clusters of berries in Autumn, both used for flavouring drinks and making wine.
Many superstitions associated with hazel from Celtic times.
Height max 6m. Maximum age 60-70 years, longer if coppiced.
Uses of wood - Used in past for cask hoops, basketry, walking sticks, hurdles, thatching, spars and divining rods.
Good firewood.

Leaves: Long and toothed    Elderberries              

Buds: Pale brown twig, rough, small ovoid buds.