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Instant Karma® Elderberry Sambucus nigra

(1 REVIEW)
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
  • 1 Review

    • 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
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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