Species is very fast growing and is an excellent wildlife species, providing food for songbirds, upland game birds and squirrels.
Latin name: Sambucus racemosa L.
Type of tree: broadleaf (native shrub)
Height: 2 to 3 metres
Growth rate: very fast
Fruit and flowers: cream coloured flowers in clusters developing into clusters of red, showy berries
Soil: prefers moist, well-drained soils but will tolerate some saturation
Limitations: may experience winter die-back and require pruning to remove dead wood