Sambucus nigra porphyrophylla ‘Black Tower’® (Eiffel) Elder

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



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

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