London (change)

Sambucus nigra 'Marginata'

Common elder

Reader rating

From 0 ratings

+ Add a review

Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour






Skill level


Sambucus nigra 'Marginata'

Plant details

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.

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Sambucus

Species: nigra

Cultivar: Marginata

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: 800cm

Spread: 400cm

Flowering period: June to July

Reader reviews

Be the first reader to review the Sambucus nigra 'Marginata' Common elder!

Add your own review

Please register or login to add a review