Common Elder

The Common Elder of Europe, North Africa and west Asia is often called the Bour tree in Scotland. It belongs to the honeysuckle family - Caprifoliaceae. This is another of the trees widely planted to ward off evil spirits and also with a wide history of medicinal properties. It was important in Harris tweed production for all parts of the plant gave a different coloured dye from yellow and green to blue, purple, grey and black. The flowers as well as the berries are made into wines and cordials. The fruit is important for wild life.