The elder is common throughout the UK, being found in woodlands and hedgerows. It is also found growing on ‘waste ground’ and may be regarded as a ‘weed’ by some. The flowers of the elder are often gathered for the making of elderflower tea (also, are much visited by insects), and the berries for elderflower wine. Birds consume the berries and thereby assist in the dispersal of the seeds. The timber of elder is quite soft – but was used in the past for carving and wood whittling
The edge of each leaflet is serrated/toothed. There are small hairs present on the underside of the leaflets.
Buds, Bark and Stem
Twigs may be green or grey, and often have distinct small brownish/beige bumps. These noticeable little bumps or lumps are breathing pores or lenticels. The buds are arranged in pairs opposite to one another.