Frank P Matthews
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Elder. Very hardy small trees or shrubs. Elders will tolerate almost any soil or site. They can be pruned hard to keep small and bushy or left to develop into a tree. Sambucus nigra, the common hedgerow elder, is useful for its perfumed flowers for cordial and dark berries for autumn jellies and jams.
Elder trees are a major contributor to western herbal medicine and to folklore. According to Mrs Grieve in The Modern Herbal, the wine made from elder berries has potent anti-viral properties.
Dark purple ornamental leaves. Large pink/white lemon scented flowers followed by glossy black elderberries.
An ornamental elder which has delicate dark purple finely cut leaves which resemble Japanese maples.
An upright columnar habit, attractive dark purple foliage, pink blossom and fruit for wine making.