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Sambucus nig Black Tower®
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Sambucus nigra porphyrophylla BLACK TOWER


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


General attributes

Comparatively trouble free Comparatively trouble free
Suitable for planting in any UK district Suitable for planting in any UK district
Text Purple Foliage
Text Fastigiate

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
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Wet tolerant Wet tolerant
Hard prune Hard prune