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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Curious Elder bush

On the HSS walk to Sun Wood today, an Elder with linear cut leaves was noticed on the woodland edge .

It seems to be a combination of Sambucus nigra var. 'Laciniata' (Parsley -Leaved Elder) and 'Linearis'; not quite fitting the description of either. Laciniata has been known since the 16th century and does occur occasionally in the wild.

I suspect it is quite a rare tree, even in local gardens. Note the bifid and trifid, as well as entire linear leaves.

1 comment:

Steve Blacksmith said...

There's also a form with dark, almost black leaves, several of which have been planted at the war memorial in Mytholmroyd, where the statue of a soldier stands.

Today we spotted a tree with similar (green) leaves, a big tree, between Halifax Leisure Centre and Sainsburys car park.

This looks to be be a variety of Plane.