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Elder Plant

Elder Plant 'Sambucus Nigra' (2L Pot)

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Price: 7.69
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Potted Elder Plant - Description

  • Potted Elder Hedging Plants
  • Sambucus Nigra
  • Common Names: Elderberry Bush, European Black Elderberry, Black Elder Bush or Boon Tree
  • Current Size: 2ft (60cm)
  • Pot size: 2 Litre

Potted Plant - Characteristics

  • A native of Ireland - Common in Irish hedgerows
  • Mature size: 3m to 5m
  • Deciduous shrub, they loose their leaves in Winter
  • Foliage - Early to come into leaf in Spring
  • Leaves are approx. 10-30cm across & pinnate with 5 to 7 leaflets
  • Fast growth rate
  • Flower - Clusters of cream flowers appear in June / July
  • Fruits - Deep red / black berries appear from September onwards
  • A hardy plant, able for cold Winters & hard frosts

Potted Elder Plant - Uses

  • The fruits & flowers of the elderberry can both attract & repel insects
  • In the garden, the elder can be used as a fast growing specimen shrub or informal hedge
  • Can be used with other natives to form a native hedgerow
  • Suited to a sunny spot on most soil types
  • Can plant for fruits to make elderberry juice (Note: Cook berries before eating)

Elder - Planting Instructions

Sowing Time

  • Potted Plant can be planted all year round
  • Best to best as soon as they arrive
  • Avoid frosty conditions, where the ground is frozen
Positioning Plants
  • If using as hedging, space plants 30-90cm apart
  • When planting, hold plants at ground level & back fill the top soil
  • Ensure each plant is straight & soil is compacted in around it's root ball
  • Level off the soil around the plants

Handling the Plants

  • Be sure to water both before & after planting
  • Take care not to damage roots, bark & buds

After Care

  • Water before & after planting
  • If dry weather persists, water every 2 days
  • Weeding is also essential, especially bind weed which can quickly smoother a young hedge
  • A new hedge will need to be weeded at least 3 time over the growing season
    • Weed in March, June & September
    • We recommend using weed membrane & mulch to control weeds

Pruning

  • Elder is a fast growing plant
  • Cut back hard in March to encourage a more dense canopy

Irish Elder - Quick Facts

  • This common & native plant is shrouded in folklore & myth
  • Elder is known as a 'coloniser' as it is the first plant to establish on bare soils
  • The word 'Eld' comes from a Saxon word meaning 'Fire'
  • The hollow stems of the elder were used to blow at fires
  • They were also used in making musical instruments such as pipes & whistles
  • Elderberry juice was used to treat flu & colds
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So happy to finally have Elder growing in my garden. Plant came packaged really well and is healthy

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