Black Lace Elderberry
Black Lace Elderberry
Sambucus nigra 'Eva' Plant Patent #15,575; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #2633Item #3594 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 7
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Black Lace is a stunning development in Elderberry breeding. Intense purple black foliage is finely cut, giving it an effect similar to that of Japanese maple. Creamy pink flowers in spring contrast nicely with the dark leaves. They are followed by blackish red fall berries which can be harvested for making elderberry wine and jam, or left on the plant to attract birds and other wildlife.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:sam-BYOO-kus NI-graDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:PurpleBlooms:Spring, followed by berries in the fall.Flower color:PinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersPatent 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.
- CareCare InformationBest 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreLore:According to the Humane Society of America, Sambucus leaves, bark, roots, and buds can be toxic to pets.