Description:Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of between 5-30 species of shrubs or small trees (two species herbaceous), formerly treated in the honeysuckle family Caprifoliaceae, but now shown by genetic evidence to be correctly classified in the moschatel family ... more
Elder ... Adoxaceae. The genus is native to temperate to subtropical regions of both the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere; the genus is more widespread in the Northern Hemisphere, with Southern Hemisphere occurrence restricted to parts of Australasia and South America.
Newest Review: ... and the elderberry are often used medicinally for reducing fever and easing chesty coughs. Elderflower cordial is a ... more
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by - written on 02/05/11 (Very useful, 281 readings)
In the area of Lancashire where I grew up it was often said that the summer began when the elder was fully in flower and ended when the elderberries were ripe. The common elder (latin name sambucus nigra) often referred to as the elderberry, is a native shrub or small tree which is found dotted around the lanes and hedgerows throughout most of the British Isles. In Spring the tree is a mass of blossom in the form of flattened creamy white florets slightly resembling cow parsley and this is followed in the Autumn by clusters of small black berries. Both the blossom and the berries can be used for medicinal and culinary purposes, especially for cordials and for wine ... Read the complete review