Sambucus nigra porphyrophylla BLACK TOWER Sambucus


Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla  ‘Eiffel 1’

Description: An upright columnar shrub or small tree ideal for smaller borders or as a stand-alone specimen. The toothed foliage opens green but soon turns dark purple in a sunny position. Flat heads of musky-scented, pale pink flowers with large red anthers appear in late spring, followed by purple-black berries for wine making.

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): 2.5m x 1m



  • Tree shape: Upright
  • Flowering month: May
  • Fruit for wildlife
  • Leaf colour: Purple
  • S Size: Small
  • Scented flowers
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Any UK district
  • Can be hard pruned
  • Relatively trouble-free
  • Wet tolerant

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