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.
- Part Sun to 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).
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:
Fragrant FlowerProduces BerriesFoliage InterestDrought TolerantAttracts:BeesBirdsResists:DeerRabbits
- Crisply variegated foliage
- Lacy white flowers in early summer
- Deer resistant
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:TallGarden Height:72 - 96 InchesSpacing:72 - 96 InchesSpread:72 - 96 InchesFlower Colors:WhiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Colors:WhiteFoliage Shade:Green with white marginHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Late SpringHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7bWater Category:AverageUses:Border PlantUses:Good for ScreeningUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses 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
Marcia, Missouri, United States, 1 year ago