• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Spring, followed by berries in the fall.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:sam-BYOO-kus NI-gra
    Plant type:Perennial, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Purple
    Blooms:Spring, followed by berries in the fall.
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasIt can be used as a dramatic accent plant, planted en masse for a trouble free high hedge, or incorporated into the mixed or perennial border. Left alone it will reach up to 8 feet in height, but BLACK LACE™ can also be pruned back each year to fit into more formal settings.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Best in moist soil although will tolerate dry soils. Thrives under acid or alkaline soils. Best if pruned immediately after blooming. May be pruned to the ground each year and treated like a perennial, though this may compromise flowering. This plant will benefit from a good hard pruning as a young plant. Best with high moisture. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    According to the Humane Society of America, Sambucus leaves, bark, roots, and buds can be toxic to pets.

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