Trees to look for in June — Elder


Where to look

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.
Although elder’s flowers may smell delicious, its leaves have an unpleasant smell when touched and all parts of the tree, except the flowers and berries (when cooked), are poisonous.

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Where we've found Elders

Elder spottings journal (8 seen)

Last seen Location Spotted by Group Notes
16 Jun 2021 Stroud Tamsin Stroud Valleys Project
27 Dec 2020 Tewkesbury Graham Wright Family In our garden.
27 Dec 2020 Tewkesbury Shurjo Wright Family Elder in the garden.
27 Dec 2020 Tewkesbury Shurjo Wright Family Elder in our garden.
1 Jul 2020 Stroud Valley Community School
2 Jun 2020 Pod 3 Wales Class
1 Jun 2020 in the garden Bethan Ireland Class Spotted by Bethan
11 May 2020 Whiteshill Tamsin Stroud Valleys Project


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