It is widespread across the UK, growing in woodland, scrub, wasteland and along hedgerows.
Elder (Sambucus nigra) is a small tree native to the UK. It is easy to spot this month because of its masses of frothy cream flowers. The flowers are small, with five petals which cluster together to make umbels (umbrella-like flowers). They are hermaphrodite (contain both male and female reproductive parts) and are highly scented to attract insect pollinators. Once pollinated, the flowers develop into black berries which are attractive to birds, which once again disperse the seeds in their poo! Both the flowers and berries are used for making food and drinks.