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January - Elder (Sambucus nigra)


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Elder can spring up with astonishing speed on disturbed ground. It is one of the first trees to shoot new leaves in winter. The bark on older trees is brown and deeply furrowed, young branches are smooth with well marked pores. It has oval pinnate leaves 2 or 3 pairs per stem. Its flowers are very small are held in flat topped clusters. It flowers in June, the fruits ripen in summer and by late August/September it produces the edible black elder berries. It is often found near rabbit burrows as they dislike the taste. Picture taken late January 2006, near Old Warden - Bedfordshire.

28th Aug 2005 by Diane Earl

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