Elder (sambucus nigra) is one of my favourite trees/herbs. I'll let it speak for itself!
Incredible usefulness. Boundless potential for growth. Offering solace to many.
Slowly, the petals drop away, giving way to little green nodules. In time they increase and grow red, then purple and almost black. The weight of my fruit bows me and cracks at my branches, but I stand firm. The ground beneath my boughs is littered with shed branches and shoots which fell in such battles past - but I live on! Children may make toys from such trifles. Now the birds are thick in my branches, eating their fill, and sharing with some who walk on four legs, and also on two. I am transformed into sweet drinks and food for winter by those ingenious ones.