Sambucus nigra

Elder, An Trom, Elderberry

Price: €4.95

A rounded shrub or small tree, the elder is a useful and pretty native shrub, providing flowers for cordials and berries for wines and syrups. Its creamy white flowers, when steeped with sugar and boiled make a most delicious drink. Elder's poor reputation rests on the fact it grows like a weed, and along with nettles is somethig of a coloniser of disturbed ground. However, few sights are as beautiful as a hillside dotted with elder in creamy bloom, and it makes an ideal hedgerow plant. Plant in almost any location, though prefers fertile soil. 60-90cms tall plants in a 2-3 litre container.