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The flowers are white and fragrant, blooming in flat clusters in late spring to early summer. The berries are black and purple, and they ripen in late summer. The flowers and berries have been used to treat a variety of ailments, including colds, flu, and fever. They are also said to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
The elderflower heads also make a deliciously refreshing cordial, mix with gin for the perfect summer cocktail.
Where to plant Elderflower trees
Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Elderflower trees prefer full sun, but they can tolerate partial shade. The soil should be moist but well-drained. Avoid planting elderflower trees in clay soil, as this can lead to root rot. A good, open, rich potting mix being the most suitable base.
Purchase a young tree from a nursery or garden centre. Look for a tree that has a straight trunk, healthy foliage, and no signs of disease or pests.
How to plant Elderflower trees
Dig a hole that is twice as wide and deep as the root ball of the tree. Break up any clumps of soil and enrich the soil with Baileys Soil Improver Plus which contains compost and manure that will encourage strong and healthy growth. If you have very sandy soils, use Baileys Clay & Compost.
Remove the tree from its container and gently loosen any roots that have become compacted. Place the tree in the centre of the hole and backfill with soil, making sure the tree is at the same level as it was in the container. Tamp down the soil to eliminate air pockets.