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Sambucus nigra 'Aureomarginata'

Common elder

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour






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photo by Rob Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (31818)

Plant details

This black elder is grown for its attractive, musk-scented, small, white flowers, impressive clusters of glossy black berries in late summer, and its yellow-margined, dark green leaves. It prefers fertile, moist but well-drained soil. The large shrub is suitable for 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.

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Sambucus

Species: nigra

Cultivar: Aureomarginata

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Golden variegation

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 600cm

Spread: 600cm

Flowering period: June to July

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