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I need some help please!?

This tree/shrub is in my friends garden and I don't know what it is! She has a small it's important that we know whether to leave it there or get rid !


thanks in advance for your help...x





  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,871

    Hi image

    It's an elderberry bush - Sambuccus nigra


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thank you..sorry to be so useless about identification....but I knew that this forum wouldn't let me down..!

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    image..but can be headache-inducing image


  • Thanks everyone...I had no idea you could do so much with elderberries...????????????

  • coniferconifer Posts: 35

    Elderberry champayne?

  • Thanks conifer, my friend and I are particularly fond of we will give it a go! Thanks so much...

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    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.

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    You can also add a sprig of the flowers to stewing gooseberries image

  • DeedotDeedot Posts: 31

    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

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    ... 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.

    N'est c'pas?

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