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Sambucus nigra - 'Madonna' (Elder )

Type Tree, Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Small Tree (1.5 to 3m height)
Colours White Flowers (Summer late), Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Sambucus nigra - Cultivation Notes

The native elder will survive in all but the poorest soils, whether chalk or sand, in full or part sun. This shrub is fully hardy, tolerating a cold exposed location. Elder will become leggy with age - if so prune in winter to encourage compact new growth.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Sambucus nigra:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Sambucus nigra

  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Sambucus nigra:

  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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Common Missspellings: Sambucas, Sambucis, Sambuecus, Sambuces

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