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Scientific Name: Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’

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Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’
Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’


  • Perennial
  • Black Lace Elderberry is an ornamental perennial with deeply cut dark purple foliage, lemon-scented, pink flowers and dark blackish-red fruits.
  • It is a large, upright, deciduous shrub that can grow up to 1.5m.
  • The intense purple black foliage is finely cut like lace, giving it an effect similar to that of Japanese maple.
  • Black Lace Elderberry can be used in just about any landscape setting or as a potted shrub on the patio.
  • It will tolerate a wide range of soils – but will do good in moist as well as dry soil and do not have a problem with acid or alkaline soils.
  • It needs full sun to partial shade.
  • Regular pruning of the will promote growth of additional purple leaves.
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