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Elder (Sambucus nigra)

With its soot-dark fruits and aromatic blossoms, elder is the embodiment of summer. Within folklore it is said that placing an elder outside your home would ward off the devil.
Typically it can be found in woodland, scrub and wasteland. Mature elder trees have a maximum height of 15 metres and a maximum lifespan of 60 years.

The size of each plant is between 15 – 50cm in height from the root plug.

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  • Product Description

    Elder can tolerate most types of soil and grows quite quickly. The elder yields its characteristic white blossoms, which are excellent for cordials and as a haven for insects such as moths, ladybirds, and aphids. Following this, the shrub bears tiny berries that are favoured by both birds and winemakers.

    The Elder (Sambucus nigra) is a well known native tree often used in hedging. A fast-growing plant, Sambucus nigra is more often found near farms as it prefers a nitrogen rich soil and so tends to grow near sites of organic waste as well as chalky soils and coastal sites. Growing at a rate of up to 60cm per year it will provide a dense hedge very quickly up to about 5 metres high.


    Tree attributes

    • Prefers chalky soils and coastal sites
    • Growth rate of 60cm per year
    • Can grow almost anywhere as long as it has enough sunlight
    • Max height of around 15 metres
  • Our Commitment

    Our trees are planted, grown and cared for on site. This means, once the seeds are delivered to us we plant them, establish them in our polytunnels and then harden them off. The trees you are delivered have been with us since seed and we look after them until the moment they leave.

    Every tree is handpicked and packaged with the utmost care and attention to ensure your trees are delivered fighting fit to help against climate change. 

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  • Deliveries

    All postage and packaging charges for products delivered to the Mainland UK are included within the price. Additional charges apply for Northern Ireland, The Highlands & Scottish Isles, The Channel Islands, Scilly Isles & Isle of Man when ordering more than 8 trees.

    As a guide, orders for 8 plants or more will be sent via a courier, 8 plants or fewer will be sent by Royal Mail.

    For more information, please visit the Delivery page

  • Refunds

    Your happiness is our business and that is why we individually check every single tree that we send out. If you have a concern about your tree, please get in touch with us within 7 days so that we can diagnose the issue. Very rarely, we might ask you to send the tree back to us in secure packaging to help us identify the issue but often we can identify the issue with photographs.

    For more information, please visit the Refunds page

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