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Black Lace® Elderberry Sambucus nigra

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Fall
Mature Size
8' 8'
Height
6' - 8'
Spread
6' - 8'
  • Details

    Features

    Black Lace® elderberry is a perfectly stylish addition to your landscape.

    Intense purple black foliage is finely cut like lace, giving it an effect similar to that of Japanese maple. Indeed, some designers are using it in place of more sensitive plants since Black Lace is extremely durable and adaptable. Pink flowers in early summer contrast with the dark leaves for a stunning effect and give way to black berries if a compatible pollinator is planted nearby. Awards: Silver Medal, Royal Boskoop Horticulture Society.

    Top reasons to grow Black Lace® elderberry:

    - unique lacy black foliage is unlike anything else in the landscape

    - pink flowers in early summer look chic against the black foliage

    - tough and adaptable plant grows in a range of challenging conditions

     

    Best Seller
    Produces Berries
    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest
    Attracts: 
    Birds
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    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
    Light Requirement: 
    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: 

    This beautiful, versatile shrub works in just about any landscape setting or as a potted shrub on the patio. Good in groupings or masses, or perennial and shrub borders. Makes a nice specimen or screen. Good in wet soils.

    PLEASE NOTE: To produce berries, you'll need a Black Beauty®, Instant Karma®, or Laced Up® elderberry as a pollinator

    Maintenance Notes: 

    According to the Humane Society of America, elderberry can be toxic to pets if consumed.

    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 grown like a perennial. Fertilize in early spring by applying a granular fertilizer formulated for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application.

    The color on Black Lace elderberry is best in cool climates; in hot areas, it may grow primarily green foliage.

    Black Lace® Sambucus nigra 'Eva' USPP 15,575, Can 2,633
  • 87 Reviews

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I bought this after buying a Black Lace first. I loved the black and wanted copious berries. Its year 2 now and both are green! I’d like to know what constitutes a “cooler” vs hot climate. I am in Zone 5. Its hot in the summer and that’s when plants grow so I am uncertain how to interpret the caution provided above that the black color is recommended for cool climates and it can green up in hot ones.

      Elizabeth Renee
      , South Dakota
      , United States
      , 13 weeks ago
    • I bought this at a local nursery in the summer of 2020 and it just sat with no new growth, some wilting and dieback of branches. I maintained it as best I could and had a chat with it this spring: thrive or you’re gone! Well, this year it is doing just that with decent growth, blooms and no dieback. The only disappointment is that the leaves are green rather than black. It gets primarily afternoon sun. Beautiful form.

      Susan
      , Utah
      , United States
      , 15 weeks ago
    • 5 years ago I purchased 1 plant. Over the winter it died. The place I had purchased it had a warranty that they would replace after first winter if it died. I tried again and again it died. This plant is beautiful so I bought another and then a month later another store in the chain was offering the plant for $5 less than the last store. Just had too buy it as well. This year they are just blooming wildly. I have a sea of these pink white rosie and purple across my backyard. Everyday I see many new flower sites. I have berries galore and The tiny fruit flies are just starting to show up. Thank god I have plenty of berries all ready and I hope many of these flowers transform to fruit before the flies get to them. I live in zone 7.

      Robert Pelletier
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 18 weeks ago
    • Mine also struggled ( Zone 5a) I tried a few different areas in my garden, part sun, full sun but by last fall it was a single twig. I put it in a container and brought it inside for the winter and it is thriving. I think I will keep it as a container plant at least for now.

      Carolyn Marlin
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 24 weeks ago
    • Purchased three with plans to prune annually and maintain size at 6-7ft x 6-7ft (slightly less than maximum now listed). Ended up giving plants to neighbors as it became very clear that maximum size is significantly more than stated. Those plants are now in the 12-15ft x 12-15ft range, zone 5.

      Douglas Johnson
      , Colorado
      , United States
      , 24 weeks ago
    • I was lucky enough to find one of these in our local area two years ago and planted it beside my house in a western facing direction in southern Michigan. I’m happy to say it has taken off and is growing extremely well, and surpassed 8 feet this last summer. I love the way the colors contrast with the red brick of our home and I’m excited to see what it will do in the future. I am looking for ways to creatively prune to keep a nice appearance. It’s one of my favorites!

      Sandy
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 47 weeks ago
    • I was lucky enough to find one of these in our local area two years ago and planted it beside my house in a western facing direction in southern Michigan. I’m happy to say it has taken off and is growing extremely well, and surpassed 8 feet this last summer. I love the way the colors contrast with the red brick of our home and I’m excited to see what it will do in the future. I am looking for ways to creatively prune to keep a nice appearance. It’s one of my favorites!

      Sandy
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 47 weeks ago
    • I was lucky enough to find one of these in our local area two years ago and planted it beside my house in a western facing direction in southern Michigan. I’m happy to say it has taken off and is growing extremely well, and surpassed 8 feet this last summer. I love the way the colors contrast with the red brick of our home and I’m excited to see what it will do in the future. I am looking for ways to creatively prune to keep a. I’ve appearance. It’s one of my favorites!

      Sandy
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 47 weeks ago
    • This is one homely plant when it's young and struggling in zone 5. I'm hoping this takes off soon because it looks quite raggedy after only a year in the ground. Lots of dying branches and very sparse.

      Christopher
      , New York
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Christine Mick
      , Ontario
      , Canada
      , 1 year ago
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