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Sambucus nig por Black Lace® Eva
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Sambucus nigra porphyrophylla BLACK LACE ® Eva

Elder

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

General attributes

Text Purple Foliage
Text Bushy

Ornamental attributes

Small tree size after 10 years Small tree size after 10 years
Flowering month - May Flowering month - May
Scented flowers Scented flowers
Fruit for wildlife Fruit for wildlife
Chalk tolerant Chalk tolerant
Wet tolerant Wet tolerant
Hard prune Hard prune