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Genus 'Sambucus'

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Sambucus nigra
Sambucus nigra f. laciniata

Sambucus nigra (Elder)

Sambucus nigra

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.


Sambucus nigra

Flowers open in June, each about 0.6cm across in bunches 10-20cm across.


Sambucus nigra

Fruits ripen in August and September, each about 0.6cm across. They are especially rich in vitamin C.