Without a doubt one of the best variegated and hardy shrubs in cultivation. This Elder boasts an array of white flat headed flowers in early summer, turning into rich black fruit in autumn. Sambucus nigra 'Madonna' is a deciduous shrub which is sure to start conversation in your home. Stunning creamy-yellow variegated foliage which slowly fades to white as the year progresses. Grow your Elder in full sun to brighten up the dullest of days. Height: 3m (10'). Spread: 2.5m (8').
Culinary note: The flower heads are commonly used in infusions, making a very common drink and can be made into a syrup or cordial. They can also be dipped into a light batter and then fried to make elderflower fritters. Both flowers and berries can be made into elderberry wine. For more details about edible flowers click here.
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