A classic bushy hedging plant native to the UK. The fragrant summer flowers make a delicious cordial, both flowers and autumn berries have long been widely used in rural winemaking.
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- Flower Colour: white
- Foliage Colour: green, turning pale yellow in autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: 4-6m (13-20ft)
- Flowering Period: summer
- Tolerance: wet tolerant, exposure tolerant
- Growing Habit: bushy
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Rate of Growth: medium
- Final Size if Untrimmed: large shrub
- Wildlife: attracts bees and other insects
- Arrives bare-root at a height of 45-60cm (1’6”-2ft)
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
- Soil Requirements: all soils
- Moisture: moist but well-drained
- Planting Distance: 60cm (2ft)
Elderberry can be planted from November to March, when the hedge is dormant. Ensure that the area where you are going to plant the hedge is clear and weed-free.
Caring and Maintenance
Should be pruned in winter, just after planting, and for two years after that. On planting, cut back leading shoots and side shoots by one-third, cutting to a well placed bud. Repeat this in the second winter to prevent straggly growth and thicken up the hedge base. Then trim every June after that.
Maintain at 90-180cm (3-6ft) or as taller hedges or screens.