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  • black elder  (syn. Black Lace)
  • Eventual height: 3m
  • Eventual spread: 2m

Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Eva' (PBR)

black elder (syn. Black Lace)

RHS award of garden merit £14.99
Pot size 2 litre pot
2 litre pot
Quantity
  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of Growth: average
  • Flowering period: June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This recent introduction has almost black, dissected foliage and from May to June pale pink, musk-scented blooms emerge from beautiful creamy-pink buds. It makes an excellent shrub for all styles of gardens and has the added bonus of having blackish-red berries in autumn which are attractive to birds and when ripe can be used to make a wonderful wine. For best foliage colour grow it in full sun, otherwise it can fade to a greenish-bronze.

  • Garden care: To achieve the best foliage effect cut back to ground level each year in early spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.
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