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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.
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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