Black Lace® Elderberry

Sambucus nigra
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Fine-Textured, Dramatic Black Lace Elderberry

Black Lace Elderberry (Sambucus nigra 'Eva' P.P.) is a beautiful breakthrough in classic Elderberries. Elderberries are usually grown as large shrubs or small trees.

They typically have bright green leaves, white flowers and are specially grown for their black berries which are used to make Elderberry wine and jams. 'Black Lace' turns that vision on its head.

Instead of broad green foliage, the intense, dark purple - almost black - foliage of 'Black Lace' is finely cut. In summer, creamy pink flowers cover the shrub and shine against the deep leaf color.

In fall, the flowers give way to edible, deep-red berries that can be used like typical Elderberries, in wines and jams. If you leave them on the plant, your garden will be rewarded by the birds that will come to take them off of your hands.

'Black Lace' works in almost any soil except extremely dry ones. It loves wet soils and is great in a rain garden setting. Naturally growing as a small tree or shrub size, so it can fit into any garden, but you can prune it to any height you like. It makes a great hedge or foundation plant. Try it as a specimen plant or small tree.

A "Best New Plant" winner, you can't go wrong with this great shrub.

  • Dramatic foliage color
  • Edible fall berries
  • Summer flowers
  • Tolerates a variety of soils
More Information
Botanical Name Sambucus nigra
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth Rate Medium
Bloom Period Summer
Flower Color White
Pollinator Required No
Growing Zone Range 4-7
Black Lace® Elderberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
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