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Black Lace® Elder

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A most impressive garden shrub with very fine, cutleaf dark purple foliage bordering on black, soft pink flowers look stunning against it in summer; a perfect substitution for Japanese maples where they are not hardy, use in a similar context

Characteristics

Species:
nigra
Other Species Names:
Common Elder
Average Landscape Height:
10 feet
Average Landscape Width:
8 feet
Genus:
Sambucus
Cultivar:
Eva
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
shell pink
Flower Bud Color:
rose
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
in early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark purple
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Black Lace® Elder features showy clusters of fragrant shell pink flowers held atop the branches in early summer, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds. It has attractive deep purple deciduous foliage. The deeply cut compound leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. The deep purple fruits are held in clusters in early fall.

Landscape Attributes

Black Lace® Elder is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

Planting & Growing

Black Lace® Elder will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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