Elder (Sambucus nigra) NATIVE
shrubs and small trees frequently coppiced and used for hedges. Large creamy
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.
Leaves: Long and toothed Elderberries
Buds: Pale brown twig, rough, small ovoid buds.