Sambucus nigra 'Black lace'

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'

Elder

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Sambucus nigra 'Black lace'
  • Common name: Elder
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 6m

Spread: 6m

Flower colour:
  • Pink
Foliage colours:
  • Black
  • Purple
  • Features: Dramatic foliage, Flowers

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Common elder, Sambucus nigra, bears sprays of tiny white flowers in early summer followed by small black fruit which can be cooked and eaten, or used to make a refreshing summer drink.

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' has very finely cut, almost black foliage, which is the perfect foil to the pink-flushed blooms. In autumn, its leaves turn a rich red. To produce the best coloured leaves, prune plants back to ground level every year in early spring. It works well when planted on its own or as part of a hedge.

For best results, grow Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' in moist but well drained soil in full sun to partial shade. However, it will tolerate waterlogged or very chalky ground.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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