Sambucus Black Lace (Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla Eva PBR)
A delightful variety of black elder with deeply divided rich purple foliage rather like that of a Dissectum Japanese maple only with a much more robust constitution. Perfect if you are looking for a plant with an oriental quality that is easy to grow and care for.
In early summer a profusion of musk scented pink flushed elderflowers appear from creamy pink buds, they look stunning set against the dark leaves. The characteristic clusters of red-black shiny elderberries appear later in the season and are very popular with birds and other wildlife. The flowers can be used to make cordial and the berries are popular with wine and jam makers. The striking leaves turn to vibrant red in Autumn before they fall.
Makes a dramatic specimen plant in a border, bed or container but can also works well when planted as part of a hedge. Will reach 3 metres in height if left unpruned.
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Sambucus Black Lace grows well in any reasonable soil, suitable for full sun or partial shade. For best results prune hard in early Spring to improve the foliage colour. Sambucus shrubs benefit from a generous mulch in early Spring.