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Sambucus nigra hedge plants

Elder hedging

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Elder hedging, or Sambucus nigra hedge plants to use the Latin name, brings a lot to a garden. The fragrant flowers appear in summer and the small, black elderberries that follow are high in vitamin C. Sambucus nigra also boasts dark green foliage that turns a lovely yellow in autumn.

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  • Best Features: Fragrant white flowers, dark green foliage, yellow foliage, berries
  • Ideal For Hedges: 1-4m
  • Growth Rate: Average to Fast | 30-60cm
  • Position: Sunny, partial shade, moist to normal soil, sheltered or exposed, inland
  • Also Consider: Other native hedging species

*Please note, 1 bare root = 1 Elder plant, not a bundle of plants. We use a mixture of bare root photos taken in leaf from our growing sites in summer, as well as during the bare root planting season when Elder may be defoliated.

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Cell Grown Pot Grown Bare Root Root Ball Instant View All
Image Root Type Height Now Extra Info No. Per MetreMore Info 1+ 10+ 50+ 100+ 250+ Quantity Qty
Elder hedging Root: Cell Grown Root Type: Cell Grown Height Now: 20/40cm Elder hedging 1+ £1.69 (ex VAT) 10+ £1.69 (ex VAT) 50+ £1.69 (ex VAT) 100+ £1.69 (ex VAT) 250+ £1.59 (ex VAT) In stock | Pre-Order | Nov 21 Minimum Qty: 12
Cell Grown 20/40cm Min Qty 12. Pre-Order | Nov 21 5-7 £1.69 (ex VAT) £1.69 (ex VAT) £1.69 (ex VAT) £1.69 (ex VAT) £1.59 (ex VAT)
Elder hedging Root: Pot Grown Root Type: 2 Litre Pot Height Now: 30/40cm Elder hedging 1+ £5.99 (ex VAT) 10+ £5.99 (ex VAT) 50+ £5.89 (ex VAT) 100+ £5.79 (ex VAT) 250+ £5.69 (ex VAT) In stock | In Stock | Pot Grown | Delivered Within 7-10 Days
2 Litre Pot 30/40cm In Stock | Pot Grown | Delivered Within 7-10 Days 3-5 £5.99 (ex VAT) £5.99 (ex VAT) £5.89 (ex VAT) £5.79 (ex VAT) £5.69 (ex VAT)
Elder hedging Root: Pot Grown Root Type: 2 Litre Pot Height Now: 40/60cm Elder hedging 1+ £6.99 (ex VAT) 10+ £6.99 (ex VAT) 50+ £6.89 (ex VAT) 100+ £6.79 (ex VAT) 250+ £6.69 (ex VAT) In stock | In Stock | Pot Grown | Delivered Within 7-10 Days
2 Litre Pot 40/60cm In Stock | Pot Grown | Delivered Within 7-10 Days 4-5 £6.99 (ex VAT) £6.99 (ex VAT) £6.89 (ex VAT) £6.79 (ex VAT) £6.69 (ex VAT)
Elder hedging Root: Pot Grown Root Type: 2 Litre Pot Height Now: 60/90cm Elder hedging 1+ £8.99 (ex VAT) 10+ £8.99 (ex VAT) 50+ £8.79 (ex VAT) 100+ £8.59 (ex VAT) 250+ £8.39 (ex VAT) In stock | In Stock | Pot Grown | Delivered Within 7-10 Days
2 Litre Pot 60/90cm In Stock | Pot Grown | Delivered Within 7-10 Days 3-5 £8.99 (ex VAT) £8.99 (ex VAT) £8.79 (ex VAT) £8.59 (ex VAT) £8.39 (ex VAT)
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Elder hedge (Sambucus nigra) description

Sambucus nigra thrives in moist but well-drained soil and full sun. Elder can cope with partial shade but the more sun it gets the more fruit it will produce.

Common uses of Elder hedging

Elderberry flowers and fruits are edible and can be used in a variety of ways in the kitchen. Elder hedge plants also make a great rabbit deterrent as they can'€™t stand the smell!

Combine Sambucus nigra hedges with

You can mix your Sambucus nigra hedge plants with other shrubs for hedging.

Growth rate of Elder

Common Elder is fast growing and will achieve 40-60cm per year. Elder is great when kept to 1-4m high.

Care advice for Sambucus nigra hedging

A light prune in late winter or early spring is all Elder hedges require. Please view the Best4Hedging Care and Planting instructions in our Advice section.

Recommended planting density of Elder hedges

For information on planting density specific to Elder, please see the product table above. In the 'No. Per Metre' column you will find our recommended plant density for each individual plant species and root type.

Elder is available year round as Cell Grown and Pot Grown plants. Bare Root Sambucus nigra plants are available for delivery from early autumn and can be pre-ordered from mid-summer.

The bulk of our Elder hedging plants are UK grown by our hands-on nursery team who have many years of experience. On the odd occasion that we source Common Elder Hedges from outside of the UK we go to every length to ensure our suppliers cannot be beaten on quality. At best4hedging we strive to provide the freshest condition Elder plants of the highest achievable standard, all whilst maintaining our brilliant prices. Rest assured, you can buy Sambucus nigra hedging plants online with complete confidence.

Showing 20 of our total 40 reviews, with an average rating of 4 stars. Read all 40 reviews for Sambucus nigra hedge plants.
Review Summary - 4 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
February 1, 2021 | Robert Mann
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January 28, 2021 | James Foster
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

Was much shorter than expected but otherwise fine.

November 16, 2020 | Penny Davison
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

Healthy good sized plants

August 11, 2020 | Sean Kehoe
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

One of my 3 plants was poor

April 5, 2020 | David Altringham
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

As Above

March 25, 2020 | Chris Knowles
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

As Above

November 27, 2019 | Sarah S. Glanville
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

Good strong healthy plant, bought mainly for the birds who love the berries, will look fantastic, can't wait for Spring.

August 17, 2019 | Anonymous
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

As Above

June 4, 2019 | Sasha McKinlay
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

All 4 are good quality plants

March 21, 2019 | Anonymous
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

As Above

October 22, 2018 | Beth Neal
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

Brilliant,excellent advice and prompt delivery,the [lants are super

June 20, 2018 | Robert Wade
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

Good size and healthy plants

April 4, 2018 | Ronnie Meadows
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

As Above

February 27, 2017 | Anonymous
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January 9, 2017 | Anonymous
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May 12, 2016 | Anonymous
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

product as described

May 12, 2016 | Anonymous
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

The plants look healthy and were a good size, but I think that they have suffered some frost damage, which I am hoping they will recover from.

April 13, 2016 | Anonymous
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April 7, 2016 | Anonymous
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

As Above

April 3, 2016 | Anonymous
Sambucus nigra hedge plants

As Above

Delivery Cost

Free Delivery - The majority of orders over the minimum order values shown below are delivered FREE to UK Mainland.
(Exceptions apply - see Delivery Areas)

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Min. Order
Free Delivery



Pot Grown
& Topiary





Standard Delivery


Under 1.2m


Pot Size
Up To & Incl 7.5L

(Min Qty 12)


& Fruit Trees

Small Hand Tools, Irrigation
Canes & Mulch Matting

Rootgrow, Bonemeal,
Seaweed & AfterPlant

Tall Box Delivery


Over 1.2m






Large Tools

Pallet Delivery




Pot Size 10L & Above
& Root Ball Topiary


(Min Qty 3)

Pleached &
Espalier Trees
(Min Qty 5)


Pallet Deliveries

Some plants are too heavy or too tall to be packed in cardboard box, in which case we use pallet deliveries. In these circumstances, we require a minimum order value of £170 (ex VAT) for free delivery, or you can make a contribution towards the delivery cost. Look out for the information on product pages which explains this further where applicable and if your order is for less than £170 (ex VAT) please call us on 01257 494 491 or email us to agree upon a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page.

Pallet deliveries are always undertaken on an 18-tonne vehicle (similar in size to a standard refuse vehicle). If for any reason you require a smaller vehicle please contact our sales team who can arrange this for you. There will be an additional surcharge applied for small vehicle deliveries

Delivery Areas

EU & NI - As of 1st January 2021, we are no longer delivering to Republic Of Ireland or anywhere else within the EU. Currently, we can no longer deliver to Northern Ireland also.

Scottish Highlands & Islands - Most deliveries to the Scottish Highlands & Islands incur an additional charge. We classify this as including AB (Aberdeen) and DD (Dundee) postcodes, all Scottish Islands, as well as the Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle of Man. The exact delivery cost is order specific and will need to be quoted by a member of our Sales Enquiries & Advice Team, so please contact us on 01257 494 491

Protected Zones - Some of the species of plants we sell cannot be shipped outside of the UK Mainland under any circumstance, in accordance with regulations set out by DEFRA. Protected Zones we cannot deliver these plants to include all of the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Jethou, Lihou, Burhou, Alderney & Ortac), Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, France, Ireland.

Currently, this includes any plants or packs containing plants from the following genera:

  • Amelanchier
  • Cotoneaster
  • Crataegus
  • Malus
  • Pyracantha
  • Sorbus

Delivery Timescales

99% of our orders are dispatched within 7 to 10 days of receipt and most the day after the order is placed. We can do “next day delivery” on many of our products for an additional £12 (incl VAT) but please call on 01257 494 491 before placing your order to check.

We can also deliver on a specified date to suit you. Please indicate the date you would like to receive delivery in the notes section of the checkout (or place your order by phone) and we’ll do our utmost to meet that date.

Occasional hiccups can occur (such as broken down vehicles) and although we are very experienced in logistics we cannot be held liable for costs incurred or inconvenience due to late deliveries - see terms and conditions for more information.

You will receive an email or telephone call confirming the dispatch of your order 24/48 hours before it arrives with you.

Exceptions to our quick turnaround timescale

Pre-orders - if you have placed an order that includes products on pre-order, then they will be dispatched to you as soon as they are available. If your order includes pre-order bare roots or root balls you will be notified once they are being dispatched (root balls from mid to late October and bare roots from early to mid-November).

Root Balls - lifting root balls involves the use of complex, heavy machinery, this lifting is carried out twice a week in the root ball season so we do still have a prompt turnaround timescale but if your order has just missed one lifting, it will be a few days before we lift again. We are always happy to confirm when we can deliver to you before you order. The benefit of this method of supplying root balls is that they are always fresh and therefore have a higher success rate than root balls that are stored out of the soil.

Weather conditions can affect dispatch - bare root and root ball plants are not lifted if the ground is too cold (it damages the roots) and the delivery of all plants can be affected if the water supply is frozen (because we water all plants before packing). Extremely hot weather can also be challenging, and occasionally we hold backorders for species that are particularly vulnerable. We ask our customers to be mindful of bank holidays when couriers are not active.

We'd like to stress that although there are exceptions, the vast majority of our orders are dispatched extremely quickly and we are proud of our logistics developed over many years of delivering plants to tens of thousands of customers.


We inspect plants carefully before dispatch but accept that very occasionally things may go wrong. You can return your plants (within 14 days) for a refund or replacement (we’ll help with the process of returning). If your plants arrived damaged then returns are free of charge. However, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible. If you’d like to return your plants because of a change of plan or if we do not agree that the plants are significantly damaged (the loss of a few leaves in transit or a loose pot on arrival, for example, wouldn't be harmful to the plants), then we may ask you to pay the full or partial return costs if you still wanted to return them. We’re very reasonable and always aim for complete satisfaction as demonstrated by our amazing Feefo customer reviews which can be viewed here.

Should you wish to return any products that you have over-bought, no longer require or purchased in error you will incur both a return cost (different charges for pallets and Boxes) and the original cost of delivery incurred by best4hedging. Please contact the Service team for charges and/or to organise a return. Plants will be subject to a quality control check from our Nursery upon return before any refund is authorised and processed.

Please note that in the case of damaged plants, if you have not notified us of a problem within 14 days of delivery, we consider you to have accepted the plants and best4hedging has no further liability for them should they fail. You can read more about our returns policy in our terms and conditions here.

You can buy with confidence from best4hedging.

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You can order online or over the phone by calling our dedicated Sales & Advice team. 

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Call our Sales & Advice team on 01257 261 243

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