Sambucus, Elder, is a genus of deciduous shrubs and small trees distributed across the worlds’ temperature areas. Sambucus have pinnate leaves with clusters of flowers with a white or cream-white colours.
One species, S.callicarpa grows 6 feet tall, it has 3-inch-wide flowers and scarlet fruits. Another species
S.candaensis is a shrub which groups larger and can reach 12 feet in height. It has white flowerheads between four and eight inches wide, its fruit is purple-black.
Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace has finely cut, almost black foliage and sprays of pink-flushed flowers.
Sambucus should have a moist loamy soil and be planted either in the sun of an area with limited shade. The golden elders can be pruned in spring to ensure brightly colored flesh growth.