Elder (Sambucus Nigra)
Elder is a small deciduous tree, native to the UK and can also be found in much of Europe. Elder flowers are used to make Elderflower cordial and Elderberry jam can be made from its fruit.
Useful info about Elder trees
|Latin Name||Sambucus Nigra|
|Type||Deciduous (loses its leaves in winter)|
|Height||Can grow up to 10 metres (33 feet)|
|Spread||The branches can spread out to 1 metre (3 feet)|
|Soil Types Preferred||Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Locations Suitable||Farmland, Gardens, Hedgerows|
|Flowers||White flowers in early summer|
|Fruit||Black fruit in summer|
|Celtic Tree Month||November 24 - December 23|
Elders are quick growing and will become a small tree up to 10m (30ft) tall.
The flowers are often used to make elderflower cordial and the fruit can be made into a wine.
Any uses for trees or tree extracts, whether edible or medicinal, have not been tried or tested by EFORESTS.
Please take caution and seek proper advice before attempting any recipes or medicinal extracts from any of the trees listed on our site.
Culture and Symbolism
It is believed that the Common Elder tree represents regeneration, legacy, rebirth, creativity and transformation.
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