Sambucus nigra


USPP 15,575; CBR 2633

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  • Unique foliage
  • Fragrant flowers
  • Award winner

Finely dissected black foliage. Black Lace® elderberry is a stunning plant with enormous appeal at retail and in the landscape. Intense purple black foliage is finely cut, giving it an effect similar to that of Japanese maple (though it is hardier and more durable). Pink flowers in spring contrast nicely with the dark leaves. Plant in full sun for best color.

Awards ANLA #1 New Variety for 2006; Silver Medal, Royal Boskoop Horticulture Society; 2012 Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

USDA Zone 5 - 7 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 6 - 10'

Width 6 - 10'

Finish Time .5 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Early summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Black

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Extremely adaptable to soil pH and moisture levels.

Pruning Blooms on old wood. However, pruning after bloom will remove the potential for fruit to set.

Uses Grow either as a shrub or cut it back every year and make it into a bold perennial. Outstanding as a specimen, but also good in groupings and masses, perennial and shrub borders, as a specimen or screen.

Growing Tips If fruit is desired, plant with Black Beauty, Instant Karma, or Laced Up elderberry. Both flowers and ripe berries are edible; however, foliage and stems are toxic.