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Black Lace Elderberry Sambucus nigra

  • Hardy Zones
    • 4 - 7
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 72 - 96 Inches
$17.99
Size: Quart
$35.99
Size: One Gallon
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs

Black Lace Elderberry Sambucus nigra

Part Sun to Sun 72 - 96

Features

Distinctive lacy foliage all season and soft pink early summer flowers. Season long color and texture. Fall fruit attracts birds. Deer resistant.

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Foliage Interest
Fall Interest
Attracts: 
Birds
Resists: 
Deer

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Tall
Garden Height: 
72 - 96 Inches
Spacing: 
84 - 108 Inches
Spread: 
72 - 96 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Pink
Flower Shade: 
Pink
Foliage Colors: 
Purple
Foliage Shade: 
Black/Purple
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Moderate
Blooms On: 
Old Wood
Bloom Time: 
Early Summer
Hardiness Zones: 
4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Border Plant
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Specimen or Focal Point
Uses Notes: 

Great as a shrub in the landscape or as a potted shrub on the patio. Good in groupings or masses, or perennial and shrub borders. Makes a nice specimen or screen. Tough enough for roadsides or naturalizing. Good in wet soils.

Maintenance Notes: 

According to the Humane Society of American Sambucus leaves, bark, roots, and buds can be toxic to pets. This is means that the plants are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction.

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. Follow the recommended rate of application.

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. Indeed, some designers are using it in place of the more sensitive acer varieties since Black Lace is extremely durable and adaptable. 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. Black Lace is very cold hardy and easy to grow, and adaptable to most sites. Full sun is needed for the best color. It 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. Silver Medal, Royal Boskoop Horticulture Society.

Consumer Comment:
Wow, what a shrub! It is beautiful and unique. When I saw it at a local garden center, I fell in love with it and just had to buy one. The garden center only had 6 of them and they sold out very fast. I planted mine this spring and it has almost tripled in size. I love the deep purple/black leaves and I can't wait until it flowers. I always look for plants and shrubs that are very different and this Black Lace is a one of a kind. I get tons of compliments about the shrub from all of my neighbors and everyone wants one. Thanks for this new and stunning shrub. You definitely have a top notch winner!
T Cook, OH

Black Lace Sambucus nigra 'Eva' PP: 15575 Can. PP: 2633

  • I live in Scotland and this plant performs really well, considering our sometimes bad winters. This is the second time I have purchased "Black Lace" as we moved home and I had to leave my original one. I also have "Black Lady and a really beautiful Sambucas Sutherlands Gold. The Black Lace sits beside the Sutherlands Gold and the foliage of both intermingle with great effect as both have the lacy foliage.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Jenni Rutherford
    United Kingdom
    1 year ago
  • With the lime green new growth and soft pink flowers, this dark plant is one of my favorites in the garden. I have planted roses nearby to compliment the pink. I love the look.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Emily Bell
    1 year ago
  • Bought this plant 2 or 3 years ago because it was supposed to be an ideal plant for our site ( windy, exposed ). There is no argument that sambucus nigra is absolutely stunning and beautiful. We did enjoy its performance those first years and it did remarkably well.
    However, I ended up pulling it out this year because it was doing absolutely nothing after a very harsh winter. There were only dead branches and the buds never swelled as they had before in the spring.
    It is apparently not as cold hardy as promised on the label.?

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Monika Ketchum
    Watertown
    New York
    United States
    1 year ago
  • Leaves have the look of a japanese maple but on the darker side, fast growing, and produces clumps of small flowers. An eye catcher for anyone passing by. Highly recommended and low maintenance.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Annette Toulouse
    Grimsby
    Canada
    1 year ago
  • Leaves have the look of a japanese maple but on the darker side, fast growing, and produces clumps of small flowers. An eye catcher for anyone passing by. Highly recommended and low maintenance.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Annette Toulouse
    Grimsby
    Canada
    1 year ago
  • Beautiful accent plant for my perennial bed.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    sean j fahey
    knotts island
    North Carolina
    United States
    1 year ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Alayne Doermann
    american fork
    Utah
    United States
    1 year ago
  • Not deer resistant. The deer feasted on our plant last night. It is newly planted and we bought it specifically for its deer resistance.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Patty Beyer
    Coeur D Alene
    Idaho
    United States
    2 years ago
  • Not deer resistant. The deer feasted on our plant last night. It is newly planted and we bought it specifically for its deer resistance.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Patty Beyer
    Coeur D Alene
    Idaho
    United States
    2 years ago
  • kept losing branches; now all but one small branch have collapsed, for unknown reasons. won't grow again, too difficult. my other elderberries are thriving.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    gigi
    3 years ago
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