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Elder Plants

25x Bare Root Irish Elder Plants (1ft)

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Irish Elder Plant - Description

  • Bare Root Elder Hedging Plants
  • Sambucus Nigra
  • Common Names: Elderberry Bush, European Black Elderberry, Black Elder Bush or Boon Tree
  • Bare Root Plants
  • Size: 1ft (30 cm)
  • Quantity: 25 Plants
  • Spacing Distance: From 2-3ft apart
  • Best When Mixed Through a Native Hedgerow

Delivery - Important Note - Please Read

  • We can only deliver orders of this product by Fastway couriers
  • Please do not choose DPD as your courier for orders containing this item

Irish Elder 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

Irish 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)

Irish Elder - Planting Instructions

Sowing Time

  • All bare root shrubs are planted from October to March
  • Avoid frosty conditions, where the ground is frozen

Trench Preparation

  • Prepare hole / trench approx. 2ft wide & 2ft deep
  • Add farm yard manure to base of the trench / hole
  • Lightly cover the manure with a layer of soil

Positioning Plants

  • For 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
  • When plants arrive, plant them straight away
  • If you are unable to plant straight away - then 'heel them in' temporarily
  • Keep plant's roots in their bag & avoid exposure to sun light
  • Take care not to damage roots, bark & buds

After Care

  • Water bare roots plants regularly until plants establish
  • 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


  • 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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Thank you Ian for all your help and sorting out my order the plants look very healthy and packed well look forward to doing moor business with you.
Great service, delivered quickly
Good quality plants and arrived quickly. Happy with purchase and would recommend to anyone
Good fast service plants in good condition & had good root stock. Packed in spacious cardboard box clearly marked fragile. The carrier hadn't taken particular care of the package though as the box was crushed at one end. No damage to the plants however
Ordered ten bare rooted elder. They arrived quickly despite being around a Bank Holiday. No damage. Good sized, healthy plants. Would use the Garden Shop again.
Fine and healthy with good roots!
good size, looks healthy

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Shipping Options & Rates

  • Standard Courier Delivery With Fastway (2-4 Working Days)
    • Cost is €4.95 on Orders Below €75
    • Free Delivery on Orders Above €75
    • Rep. of Ireland & Northern Ireland Only
  • Express Courier Delivery With Fastway (1-2 Working Days)
    • Cost is around €5 extra for express delivery
    • This service guarantees that any order placed before 4pm will ship from our depot the same day on the next day delivery service *
    • Rep. of Ireland & Northern Ireland Only
  • Express Delivery With DPD (1-2 Working Days)
    • Cost is €3 extra
    • This service guarantees that any order placed before 4pm will ship from our depot the same day on the next day delivery service *
    • Rep. of Ireland & Northern Ireland Only
    • This services comes with text alerts and timed delivery slots which the customer can change to suit themselves
  • 'Seed' Postal Delivery Option ***
    • Cost is €2 - Packet of Seeds ONLY Orders
    • Note: Does Not Apply to Seed Potatoes, Bulbs or Sets ***
    • Rep. of Ireland & Northern Ireland Only
  • Great Britain
    • Cost is €10
    • UK shipping fee covers parcels up to a total weight of 20Kg
  • Western Europe
    • Note: There is no free delivery for Western Europe Deliveries

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  • Bulk bags & large orders are shipped via pallet couriers on a rigid lorry
  • Delivery is to kerbside only
  • If road access to your site is tight, then please advise us before purchasing
  • Please Note: We cannot guarantee next day delivery on pallet deliveries
  • Also, we cannot guarantee delivery on a specific day (Please allow 1-3 days for delivery)
  • It's always best to order well in advance to avoid disappointment
  • Cancellation of pallets when items are already in transit will incur a 40 euro per pallet cancellation fee (To cover return delivery costs)
  • Where pallet delivery can not be made due to site access, a 40 euro per pallet cancellation fee will apply (To cover return delivery costs)

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  • We will contact you to discuss, if max weight of order exceeded


  • The shipping fee is fixed for an order, regardless of the number of items bought
  • All courier orders require signed proof of delivery & the customer must be contactable by phone
  • We do not offer a weekend delivery service (Mon-Fri Only excl. Bank Holidays)
  • * Our courier achieves a 98% success rate on next day deliveries
  • ** Seed postal option applies to seed ONLY orders & is available in all 32 counties of Ireland
  • *** Does not apply to seed potatoes, bulbs or sets
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