Sambucus nigra


USPP 28,314; CBRAF

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Close up of white Instant Karma Sambucus bloom with variegated foliage Close up of variegated Instant Karma Sambucus foliage
  • Unique foliage
  • Fragrant flowers
  • Versatile habit

Improved variegated Sambucus. Instant Karma® is gonna get you! This showy new variegated elder has attractive bluish-green leaves, variegated with a neat leaf margin that starts out gold in spring and changes to creamy white as the season progresses. Large, lacy, white flowers in early summer add to the display. A major improvement over older variegated Sambucus varieties.

USDA Zone 5 - 7 (-20°F/-28.9°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 6 - 8'

Width 6 - 8'

Finish Time .5 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Early summer

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Variegated

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, Black Lace, or Laced Up elderberry. Both flowers and ripe berries are edible; however, foliage and stems are toxic.Both flowers and ripe berries are edible; however, foliage and stems are toxic.