Elder trees Sambucus nigra are common across Europe as well as much of the US and Canada. It can be found growing in parks and gardens, at the edge of forests and in hedgerows.
Elderflower foraging © Michael Moeller/EyeEm/Getty.
The flowers and berries of the elder tree grow in an umbrella like pattern and both can be used to make edible treats. The berries contain cyanide so must be cooked before they can be eaten. They can be used to make jams, baked good and elderflower cordial.
The small white flowers of the elder are in bloom around mid-May to June and have a sweet fragrance.