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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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.
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!
You can mix your Sambucus nigra hedge plants with other shrubs for hedging.
Common Elder is fast growing and will achieve 40-60cm per year. Elder is great when kept to 1-4m high.
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.
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.