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Sambucus nigra 'Chocolate Marzipan'
Sambucus nigra 'Chocolate Marzipan'
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ELDERFLOWER CHOCOLATE MARZIPAN
Sambucus nigra ‘Chocolate Marzipan’
A lovely new Elderflower bush, with a deliciously sweet marzipan scent.
Large plates of creamy-pink tinged blossoms, look, smell, and are good enough to eat.
Alovely new Elderflower bush, with a deliciously sweet marzipan scent.
Large plants of creamy-pink tinged blossoms, look, smell and are good enough to eat.
Perfect blossoms to harvest for delicious kitchen produce.
(see Elderflower cordial recipe below).
Followed by delicious berries to harvest for jams, jellies, sauces and liqueurs.
(see Elderberry jam recipe below).
Such a handsome foliage shrub too. With bronze-chocolate lacy leaves, each with a white mid-rib.
Both the flowers and berries of Elderflower shrubs give divine kitchen produce and have for centuries.
So, there are a myriad of recipes.
But if you are ever offered Elderflower wine – don’t decline.
Sparkling Elderflower wine, garnished with strawberries, is one of summer’s finest treats.
Elderberry Pie is worth every calorie.
I love to freeze freshly elderflowers into ice blocks to give a summer G&T a special lift.
But for me – Elderflower Cordial is tops.
GROWING: Sambucus nigra ‘Chocolate Marzipan’
Elderflower bushes are ridiculously easy to grow and low maintenance, as well as fast growing.
They make a good-looking large bush or small tree, suitable as a shade provider the average back yard, without becoming too big.
And of course they are a productive asset if you enjoy cooking with the flowers and the berries.
But a word of caution - birds adore the berries too, so if you wish to harvest a good Elderberry crop, then make sure you net at least a section of the fruit.
Elderflowers grow well in full sun or partial shade.
They are not demanding for either water or feed, and they are frost hardy.
Plus they will tolerate a wide range of soil types, including difficult clay sites.
They do take pruning, even hard pruning well, if you wish to re-shape or re-size this garden feature.
Striking foliage and a sculptural multi-trunk growth habit, as well as flowers, scent and berries, make them very rewarding for the space they occupy.
3m. average, but could be taller in favourable conditions
Full sun to part shade.
Sambucus are also suitable for coastal planting.
Hardy and long-lived, deciduous, tall shrub / small tree.
Can be easily pruned to any shape you wish, but if left to grow naturally can develop a multi-trunk habit, which is very attractive.
Naturally forms a rounded top, so making a good small shade tree.
Very unfussy. Will tolerate a wide range of soils including clay or sandy soils and anything in between.
However they do thrive where they are well drained
to at least -20C, depending on conditions.
Can thrive happily on low to average water availability.
Bees & Birds:
Flowers are like honey pots for bees and are also visited by other beneficial pollinators. Birds will feast on the berries if you leave them un-netted.
Care & Maintenance:
Easy low care, and easily pruned to whatever size and shape you fancy.
Though regular pruning is not required.
Quality fertilizer, such as Powerfeed, can be applied in spring and autumn, though Sambucus are not hungry plants.
We recommend to water in with Seasol at planting.
Not required unless you wish to re-shape or re-size.
However, Sambucus can be very hard pruned if needed.
Pests & Diseases:
Rarely troubled by pests or diseases.
Deer & Rabbit resistant:
Deer and rabbits tend to leave them alone, as they recognize that the foliage can cause discomfort if ingested.
Please check the weed status of Elderflower bushes with your local or state authority before planting.
In some subtropical climates they can sucker, and may be considered environmentally unfriendly.
In some wetter climates they can also self-seed as birds spread the seed.
While the flowers and berries of Sambucus are deliciously edible, the foliage and seeds of Sambucus are not recommended to be ingested. Berries should be cooked before eating.
None. Sambucus can be shipped to all states from Di’s Delightful Plants - one of Australia’s largest on-line nursery and mail order plant services.
6 cups of sugar
3 cups of water
Zest of 3 lemons
2 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice
Approx. 30-40 heads of freshly harvested Elderflower heads
1 tablespoon of citric acid.
Sterilized bottles and seals/caps
Stir the 6 cups of sugar into the 3 cups of water in a large saucepan or jam pan.
Gently heat to simmer and stir until all sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat.
Add Lemon Zest and 2 cups of lemon juice.
Add 1 tablespoon of citric acid and stir until dissolved.
Add Elderflower heads
Return to heat and gently simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and leave to cool enough to handle.
Strain through a sieve lined with calico, muslin or coffee filter paper, to remove the flowers.
Pour into sterilized bottles and seal.
Mark bottles with date of making.
Elderflower Cordial can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 months or in the freezer for up to 1 year.
Also pour some cordial into ice cube trays to use as a highlight in gin drinks or fruit punches.
Combine cordial with soda water for delicious refreshing non-alcoholic drink.
Or combine cordial with sparkling white wine for a summer evening tipple.
Splash cordial over strawberries and fresh fruit and serve with vanilla ice-cream, or for the hard core – just splash the cordial straight over the ice cream and devour.
Berries harvested from Elderflower bushes can be made into delicious jams and jellies,distilled or made into luscious wine or used to turn gin into a whole new experience.
And don’t forget to freeze some Elderflower blooms into ice blocks to add to the gin.
Both flowers and berries from Elderflowers are still prized by herbalists for their medicinal properties.
So that evening sip of Elderflower gin really is “purely for medicinal purposes”
and an extra spoon of Elderflower jam on the morning toast is a tonic.
Fantastic flavour and superb colour.
Enjoy it lavished on toast or dolloped over vanilla ice-cream.
500g of freshly harvested elderberries (without any stems or leaves)
400g of fine sugar
1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
-First place a clean saucer in the freezer, to use later when testing for jam set.
-Make sure all the stems are thoroughly removed from the berries, as the stems will spoil the flavour. A fork can be useful for pulling all the berries cleanly off the stems.
-Thoroughly wash the berries in a sieve.
-Place berries in jam pan and roughly crush with a potato masher to release some juice.
-Add the sugar and lemon juice, heat to a low simmer, and stir gently from time to time to prevent jam sticking to the bottom of the pan.
-Simmer gently for approximately 20 minutes, skimming the surface periodically to remove any surface froth (which can cloud the wonderful colour of this jam).
-Test the set of the jam by placing a little on the cold saucer from the freezer and pushing the jam with your finger – if it wrinkles up it is at setting point or if it is still liquid continue to simmer pan for a few more minutes.
-Pour the hot jam into sterilized jars, seal, cool and label with date.
Elderberry jam keeps for 12 months if stored sealed and in a cool, dark place. After opening each jar store in fridge.
Good luck keeping any of this special treat for 12 months.
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