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Sambucus nigra 'Aureomarginata'

Common elder

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

White

Feature

Fruit

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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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