This tree/shrub is in my friends garden and I don't know what it is! She has a small baby.....is it's important that we know whether to leave it there or get rid !
thanks in advance for your help...x
It's an elderberry bush - Sambuccus nigra
Thank you..sorry to be so useless about identification....but I knew that this forum wouldn't let me down..!
..but can be headache-inducing
Thanks everyone...I had no idea you could do so much with elderberries...????????????
Thanks conifer, my friend and I are particularly fond of bubbles...so we will give it a go! Thanks so much...
Elderflower fritters? ...or cordial... Mary Berry has a recipe I think. If it is the Elder that grows into a tree, I believe it will be VERY big.
You can also add a sprig of the flowers to stewing gooseberries
Made some elderflower cordial earlier this summer and it was delish! Still got a bottle in the freezer to enjoy over the winter months. Haven't tried making anything from the berries. Many years ago my dad made elderberry wine which after many years maturation turned into a delicious port-like wine
... but even if it were poisonous that wouldn't necessitate its removal. Babies can't get to the berries; toddlers tend to be well-supervised and this continues till they've learned not to eat anything from the garden until they know that it's OK.