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One of a number of ornamental varieties bred from our native elder, 'Black Lace' makes a striking plant for the back of the border. It has very finely cut, almost black foliage, which is the perfect foil to the pink-flushed blooms. It will grow almost anywhere, including difficult conditions such as waterlogged or very chalky ground. In autumn, leaves turn rich red. To produce the best coloured leaves, prune plants back to ground level every year in early spring.
Cultivar: Black lace
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: Pink
Foliage colour: Purple, Black
Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist, Sandy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: June to August
ive read that black elders dont like to much sun because it can burn the new growth.Is this true? Also if you cut elders back too hard (like you suggest)they wont flower the year after.Ive found that if they are cut back hard you will get denser foliage.
I cut mine back every year and this year in particular after a 'severe' cut back, it is flowering even better than previous years.
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