Sambucus nigra (Elder)
Native: Europe including Britain, north Africa and western Asia
Location: Grows wild in woods and scrub and waste places.
Shrub or small tree. Often thought of as a weed.
Leaves usually have five or seven toothed leaflets which have a distinctive, unpleasant smell.
The flowers and fruits are used in wine-making.
Flowers open in June, each about 0.6cm across in bunches 10-20cm across.
Fruits ripen in August and September, each about 0.6cm across. They are especially rich in vitamin C.