Sambucus nigra – Black Lace® Elderberry


Intense purple black foliage is finely cut like lace, giving it an effect similar to that of Japanese maple.




Black Lace® elderberry is a perfectly stylish addition to your landscape.

Intense purple black foliage is finely cut like lace, giving it an effect similar to that of Japanese maple. Indeed, some designers are using it in place of more sensitive plants since Black Lace is extremely durable and adaptable. Pink flowers in early summer contrast with the dark leaves for a stunning effect and give way to black berries if a compatible pollinator is planted nearby. Awards: Silver Medal, Royal Boskoop Horticulture Society.

Top reasons to grow Black Lace® elderberry:

– unique lacy black foliage is unlike anything else in the landscape

– pink flowers in early summer look chic against the black foliage

– tough and adaptable plant grows in a range of challenging conditions

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Duration: Shrub
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Height Category: Tall
Garden Height: 72 – 96 Inches
Spacing: 84 – 108 Inches
Spread: 72 – 96 Inches
Flower Colors: Pink
Flower Shade: Pink
Foliage Colors: Purple
Foliage Shade: Black/Purple
Habit: Upright
Container Role: Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: Moderate
Blooms On: Old Wood
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Hardiness Zones: 4a4b5a5b6a6b7a7b
Water Category: Average
Uses: Border Plant
Uses: Container
Uses: Landscape
Uses: Specimen or Focal Point
Uses Notes: This beautiful, versatile shrub works in just about any landscape setting or as a potted shrub on the patio. Good in groupings or masses, or perennial and shrub borders. Makes a nice specimen or screen. Good in wet soils.

PLEASE NOTE: To produce berries, you’ll need a Black Beauty®, Instant Karma®, or Laced Up® elderberry as a pollinator

Maintenance Notes: According to the Humane Society of America, elderberry can be toxic to pets if consumed.

Best in moist soil although will tolerate dry soils. Thrives under acid or alkaline soils. Best if pruned immediately after blooming. May be pruned to the ground each year and grown like a perennial. Fertilize in early spring by applying a granular fertilizer formulated for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application.

The color on Black Lace elderberry is best in cool climates; in hot areas, it may grow primarily green foliage.

Black Lace® Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’ USPP 15,575Can 2,633


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