Sambuco comune, Sambuco nero
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Origin: Europe, West Asia, North Africa
Botanical characteristics: It is a large shrub or small tree. It is deciduous, fast-growing and has upright and bushy growth habit. Bark is cracked and corky. Leaves are uneven and contain 5-7 oval-shaped, serrated leaflets. In June, it blooms small white, fragrant flowers gathered in large flat umbrella, 10-20 cm wide. Then, infructescenses of shiny blackish-red berries follow the flowering.
Agronomic and environmental characteristics: It grows spontaneously in the woods, scrubs, hedges and uncultivated lands. It fits any soil, even if it prefers the fresh and calcareous one.
Use: It is used for rural hedges, scrubs and mixed borders in spontaneous gardens. It is suitable for the re-naturalization of degraded and uncultivated areas.