Sambucus Black Tower Shrubs
Sambucus Black Tower (Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla Black Tower PBR)
A large leaved and robust variety that grows naturally into a narrow slender column, the toothed leaves emerge greenish-purple and quickly deepen in the sun to a rich burgundy purple. The pink flushed scented flowers emerge in June in flattened sprays, contrasting beautifully against the rich dark purple of the leaves. The edible glossy round dark purple to almost black berries, often used cooked in jams, sauces and cordials follow later in the Summer, pick them as soon as they are ripe or leave them as a feast for the birds.
Ideal as a dramatic statement specimen or to bring colour and contrast to a mixed border 2.5m x 1m
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Sambucus Black Tower 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.