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Common names: Common elder, arn tree, black elder, boon tree, boor tree, bore tree, bour tree, bur tree, elderberry, European elder, European elderberry, pipe tree, black elderberry
Our Sambucus nigra (Common Elder) is a fast growing native deciduous shrub with graceful fern-like foliage, and upright stems with fine green leaves. It produces clusters of creamy white flower in June and July, followed by large bunches of shiny black elder-berries, high in Vitamin C. Both the flowers and berries are used in cordial and wine making. It comes into leaf early January and the leaves fall late in sheltered areas during November and have 5/7 leaflets with slightly serrated edges.