Elderberry, Black Lace


Description: Black Lace Elderberry is a stunning shrub. Intense purple black foliage is finely cut, giving it an effect similar to that of Japanese maple. Creamy pink flowers in spring contrast nicely with the dark leaves. They are followed by blackish red fall berries which can be harvested for making elderberry wine and jam, or left on the plant to attract birds and other wildlife. Black Lace Elderberry is very cold hardy and easy to grow, and adaptable to most sites. Full sun is needed for the best color. It can be used as a dramatic accent plant or incorporated into the mixed or perennial border. Left alone it will reach up to 8 feet in height, but Black Lace can also be pruned back each year to fit into more formal settings.

Common Name: Black Lace Elderberry

Scientific Name: Sumbucus nigra ‘Black Lace’

Type: Perennial, Shrub

Exposure: Full Sun – Shade

Size: 6-8′ height, 6-8′ spread

Bloom Color: Rose Pink, Red Berries in the Fall

Bloom Period: Spring

Foliage Color: Burgundy

Landscape Use: Accent, Background, Screens, Foundation, Garden Pond, Landscape Beds, Median Strips, Outdoor Living Areas, Perennial Garden

Soil: Well-Drained

Growth Rate: Moderate

Zone: 3 – 7

Companion Plants: Coreopsis, Shasta Daisy, Salvia, White Garden Phlox. Stop by and visit our garden center and nursery to talk with our staff about other plants in stock.


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