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10 Elder Flower Hedge Plants 1-2ft,Make Elderberry Wine & Elderflower Lemonade


Expected release date is 1st Nov 2021

10 Elder Tree / Elder Berry (European Elder)  - Sambucus Nigra -  Plants Bare-Rooted


These are BARE ROOTED plants which can be planted from the end of October until April and will be dispatched as soon as the weather turns cold and they become dormant.The dispatch date depends on the Autumn temperature and varies from year to year.


This is an outer woodland edge shrub or small tree providing low shelter by lifting the wind and disturbing the air flow. It is a bushy native species which grows rapidly when young.


Growing Details

Common Name: Common elder
Genus: Sambucus
Species: nigra
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun
Hardiness: Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/lightClay/heavyMoistSandy
Height: 600cm
Spread: 600cm


It is floriferous in June with numerous creamy-white flat cymes. These are followed by juicy purple-black berries in dense heavy clusters. The name 'eller' was given to elder in several counties from Kent to Cheshire. This Anglo-Saxon word means 'kindler' and refers to the use of a hollow elder stem as bellows to kindle a fire. The Greek name Sambuke is a reference to the musical use of the hollow stems.

The shrub is well known for medicinal and cooking uses, such as -

  • The flowerheads are commonly used in infusions, giving a very common refreshing drink in Northern Europe and Balkans. Commercially these are sold as elderflower cordial, etc.
  • The berries are edible after cooking and can be used to make jam, jelly, chutney and cordial. They go particularly well with blackberries and with apples – for example in apple pie


For the bare root planting instructions, please click here.

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  1. Hope they take! 4

    Posted by Ian MacDonald on 15th Jan 2021

    We have planted them in a hydroponics unit in our greenhouse to encourage them to root and will plant them out in the spring.

  2. Many Good Elders Arrive in Good Condition 5

    Posted by John on 2nd Dec 2020

    Our elders arrived at the perfect time. Raspberry canes arrived the day before and we were off down the allotment. All in good condition, and very well packed. We ordered and received more.

    I am very pleased with the quality of the elders and the service from Beechwood Nursery. I was kept informed of the state of my order and when to expect my elders to arrive.

    Looking forward to next year's elder flower cordial.

  3. Elderflower Trees 5

    Posted by Mark Latuske on 1st Dec 2020

    Super fast delivery, great value and quality!

  4. 10 Elder hedge plants 5

    Posted by Sharon Groom on 1st Dec 2020

    Brilliant. i am very happy, good roots and very healthy 1-2ft hedge :) will be ordering more for friends for gifts in the future