Sambucus nigra porphyrophylla BLACK LACE ® Eva Sambucus


Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla ‘Eva’

Description: A hardy, deciduous shrub with finely-cut, dark burgundy, almost black leaves that turn to vibrant red in autumn. Pretty clusters of tiny pink, scented flowers form at the start of summer, followed by very deep red elderberries.

History: Raised at Horticultural Research International, East Malling, Kent. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Sambucus Growing Tips: Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soils, also thrives on extremely chalky sites. Tolerates shade, but colours best in sun. Fruit and flowers may be used for flavouring, wine and cooking.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 3m x 2m


  • Flowering month: May
  • Fruit for wildlife
  • Leaf colour: Purple
  • S Size: Small
  • Scented flowers
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Can be hard pruned
  • Wet tolerant

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