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how to identify a elder flower bush



Composite leaves, pale bark, flat white heads of flowers in spring followed by purple berries.

10 May, 2012


The best list of Sambucus cultivars is at Cotswold garden Flowers in their encyclopaedia:

You should find descriptions there.

10 May, 2012


The leaves also have a bitter smell to them when crushed

11 May, 2012


And the flowers smell like cats pee!

11 May, 2012


Look up Sambucus on the internet, there are a variety of coloured leaves and leaf shapes. One of the giveaways is the bark lon new shoots, there are a lot of raised small blotches which then become the more mature bark that is like a tiny jigsaw but resembles elephant skin. You will see if you google image it.
But no doubt someone will correct me if I am wrong.

11 May, 2012

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