Sambucus nigra 'Marginata'

Sambucus nigra 'Marginata'

Elder

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Sambucus nigra 'Marginata'
  • Common name: Elder
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 8m

Spread: 4m

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Golden
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Fruit

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Sambucus nigra 'Marginata' is a variegated elder. It has good year-round interest, bearing attractive, musk-scented, small, white flowers in spring, impressive clusters of glossy black berries in late summer, and yellow-margined, dark green leaves.

For best results grow Sambucus nigra 'Marginata' in fertile, moist but well-drained soil. It's well suited to growng at the back of a shrub or mixed border, but also looks good in a wild or natural setting, such as a woodland garden. While birds love the fruits, humans should be careful as excessive consumption can cause nausea, especially if eaten raw.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat, Makes a good wildlife hedge, Seeds for birds, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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