Elder grows anywhere. From good soil to the very poorest, in rocky areas even in tumble down buildings.
The flat heads of white blossom in the spring are very noticeable . These white flowers develop into deep black tiny berries. The berries can be made into a drink called Elderberry wine. The tree can be seen in most hedge rows in the country side, it spreads quite easily. However in my opinion it does not make a good stock proof hedge on it’s own but does enhance the environment, providing food for many insects and birds in medium sized gardens and hedge rows.