SU0825 : Elder, Throope Bottom

taken 8 years ago, near to Bishopstone, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Elder, Throope Bottom
Elder, Throope Bottom
Elder is the only tree which rabbits find distasteful, elder thrives on rabbit warrens and any soil rich in nitrogen from the dung of animals or bird droppings. It can be found around badger setts or forming shrubberies below tall trees used as roosts by starlings, pigeons and other birds. Elder is mainly spread by birds, who scatter its berries and seeds in their droppings.
Elder gets its name from an Anglo Saxon word meaning ‘hollow tree’. The twigs are stout and hold a thick, white pith. This pith is easily hollowed out to make peashooters or whistles. Older stems develop hard, white wood, used by watchmakers to make fine prickers for cleaning mechanical parts. It is also used for carving combs and chessmen.
In June, the elder has showy clusters of creamy-white flowers with a heavy, fruity smell. By September the branches become heavy with bunches of lustrous black juicy fruits. Insipid when raw, they make a distinctively flavoured wine and are also used in pies and jellies.
This tree is almost black with the amount of berries on it.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 15 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 15 September, 2009
Category
Shrubs   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 083 254 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:1.6906N 1:52.9214W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 084 254
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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