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Instant Karma® 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
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
96" 96"
Height
72 - 96"
Spread
72 - 96"
  • Details

    Features

    Variegated va-va-voom!

    Brighten your garden with Instant Karma® elderberry. A major improvement over older variegated elderberries, Instant Karma offers neat, clean foliage of interplaying green and white. Large, lacy flower clusters appear in early summer, and if a pollinator variety (like Black Lace® or Black Beauty® elderberry) is present, you'll get a crop of purple-black fruit in autumn. This versatile plant can be grown as a small tree or large shrub - it even plays nice in a perennial garden if it is cut back each year for a handsome spray of bright foliage.

    Top three reasons to grow Instant Karma® elderberry:

    • Crisply variegated foliage
    • Lacy white flowers in early summer
    • Deer resistant
    Fragrant Flower
    Produces Berries
    Foliage Interest
    Drought Tolerant
    Attracts: 
    Bees
    Birds
    Resists: 
    Deer
    Rabbits

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    72 - 96 Inches
    Spacing: 
    72 - 96 Inches
    Spread: 
    72 - 96 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    White
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Colors: 
    White
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green with white margin
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Spring
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Good for Screening
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

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

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Elderberries look great unpruned, but they take well to pruning too. They are best pruned after blooming, although if you are growing it primarily as a foliage plant, it can be pruned in early spring. This plant is not recommended for hot climates (zone 8 and warmer).

    Like most variegated plants, occasional reversions to the original green form may occur. These should be pruned out as needed.

    Fun Facts: 

    Elderberry flowers are edible - in Europe, they dip freshly opened clusters into batter, deep fry them, and dust them with powdered sugar for a late spring treat.

    Instant Karma® Sambucus nigra 'Sanivalk' USPP 28,314, Can PBRAF
  • 2 Reviews

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    • Meh... It's been in the ground for over a year and struggles to look attractive. No blooms this year even though it wasn't pruned last year. The variegated foliage looks sickly from far away. Some twisted branches and unattractive leaves up close. We shall see...

      Christopher
      , New York
      , United States
      , 9 weeks ago
    • I bought this shrub late summer 2 years ago at a fire sale in an outdoor farmer's market that didn't take very good care of its inventory of plants. I promptly planted it in the brutal heat of a dry season and watered it 3x week with a hose at its base, hour each time. It is in a part sun place and it has grown beautifully. The variegated leaves are beautiful, it blooms, and I have it near a Black Lace Elderberry, which produces flowers and berries.

      Marcia
      , Missouri
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
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