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Sambucus racemosa 'Tenuifolia' (European red elder 'Tenuifolia')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Sambucus racemosa 'Tenuifolia'

Other names

European red elder 'Tenuifolia'

Genus

Sambucus Sambucus

Variety or Cultivar

'Tenuifolia' _ 'Tenuifolia' is a small, compact, deciduous shrub with finely dissected leaves. In spring, it bears sparse amounts of small, cream flowers, followed by red berries in summer.


Sambucus racemosa 'Tenuifolia' is: Deciduous

Habit

Compact

Toxicity

Any part of the plant may cause discomfort if ingested.

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Black-fly Black-fly

Verticillium wilt Verticillium wilt

General care

Pruning

Responds well to hard pruning. May be coppiced every three or four years.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Sambucus racemosa 'Tenuifolia' (European red elder 'Tenuifolia') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Hedging/Screens, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Will tolerate most soils and aspects; ideally, grow in a moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Plant in a sheltered position to avoid leaf-scorch.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Sambucus racemosa 'Tenuifolia'

Other names

European red elder 'Tenuifolia'

Genus

Sambucus Sambucus

Variety or Cultivar

'Tenuifolia' _ 'Tenuifolia' is a small, compact, deciduous shrub with finely dissected leaves. In spring, it bears sparse amounts of small, cream flowers, followed by red berries in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Compact

Toxicity

Any part of the plant may cause discomfort if ingested.


Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Black-fly

Specific diseases

Verticillium wilt

General care

Pruning

Responds well to hard pruning. May be coppiced every three or four years.

Propagation methods

Hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Sambucus racemosa 'Tenuifolia' (European red elder 'Tenuifolia') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Hedging/Screens, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Will tolerate most soils and aspects; ideally, grow in a moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Plant in a sheltered position to avoid leaf-scorch.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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