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Scientific Name: Sambucus nigra 'Aurea'

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Sambucus nigra 'Aurea'
Sambucus nigra 'Aurea'
Sambucus nigra 'Aurea'


  • Perennial
  • Deciduous bushy shrub, serrated bright, yellow-green leaves - become lime-green in summer.
  • Fragrant star-shaped cream-white flowers, black fruits.
  • Well-drained soil.
  • Full sun/partial shade.
  • Prune.
  • Do not prune too hard if flowers and fruit are required.

Culinary Uses

  • Flowers - coated with thin batter, deep fried.
  • Berries - jams, jelly, salad, pies, pudding.
  • Elderberry wine from flowers.

Parts Used

  • Leaves, bark, open flower heads and ripe berries.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • 'Natures Medicine Chest'.
  • Immune stimulant: coughs, colds, flu, chronic catarrh, ear infections, allergies.
  • Promotes perspiration that helps reduce fever.
  • Flowers tone mucous linings of the nose and throat.
  • Infusion of flowers taken before the hay fever season, reduce allergy symptoms.
  • Berries rich in vitamin C.
  • Bark: Liver stimulant, stubborn constipation and arthritic conditions.
  • Strongly purgative - do not use bark in during pregnancy.
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