Common name : Black Elder

Scientific name : Sambucusnigra

Family : Adoxaceae (Caprifoliaceae)

Native land : Europe, North America

Elderberry is a deciduous multi-stemmed shrub with brittle branches that easily bent under the weight of its fruit clusters. It can reach up to 9 metres in height. It flowers in late June; the crop is seldom damaged by late spring frost. Elderberry fruit is harvested in late August through early September. Elderberries are popular for their unusual taste in pies, jellies and jams. They are occasionally used in winemaking. Elder leaves are used in the preparation of an ointment, which is a domestic remedy for bruises, sprains, chilblains and as an emollient.

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