Black Elderflower (Sambucus nigra)

Why it’s in the garden

Elderberry and elderflower have a long history of medicinal use particularly in an anti-viral context. Recent studies have shown their efficacy against toxoplasma Sp. (an apicomplexan parasite) and other human parasitic diseases

Black Elderberry Flowers
Chemical Structure: Quercitin
Chemical Structure: Quercitin


Purple-Black foliage with large clusters of lemon scented pink flowers. Dark purple berries in late summer. We chose this particular cultivar for foliage contrast

Care and Maintenance

This is a quick growing shrub. It can be trimmed to required shape throughout the year and should be cut back to about 30 cm every spring. Don’t be frightened to cut back hard!