The Elder (Sambucus nigra) is a well known native tree often used in hedging. It has dark green pinnate leaves and the corymbs of white Elder flowers turn to small drooping purplish black berries in autumn.
Useful as part of a wildlife or native hedge the Elder berries are attractive to birds, especially Blackcaps.
Elder can also be a valuable addition to a native farm hedging mix. Mixed native farm hedges are excellent for attracting birds and other wildlife as hedges play host to insects, berries and other sources of food for wildlife. Native mixed hedges also offer winter protection for wildlife.
Elder hedge plants will grow happily in a variety of conditions including both wet and dry fertile soils, and primarily in sunny locations.
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