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This plant has a strong fragrance
Forest Elder Overview
This small to medium sized specimen tree, boasts sweet smelling creamy-white flowers in large clusters from Autumn to Spring. The interesting flaking bark is grey and brown and the tree terminates in a dense shapely crown. The non invasive root system means it can be planted near walls or paving.
Common problems with Forest Elder
Leaf mould and Fusarium spp
How to harvest Forest Elder
Collect the ripe fruit, keep in paper bag in order to catch the seed when it is expelled from the pod.
How to propagate Forest Elder
Hardwood and semi-hardwood cuttings, around 10cm in length should be dipped into hormone rooting powder and then inserted into potting medium.
Seeds should be scattered over the medium and covered in a very thin layer of light river sand. Keep moist in a warm place.
Special features of Forest Elder
Attracts useful insects
Bees and other insects pollinate the flowers. The tree is a host to at least three species of butterflies.
Attracts insect eating birds.
As a forest tree, it prefers plenty of water.
Other uses of Forest Elder
In traditional African medicine it is used to treat coughs, colds, influenza and indigestion.