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Sambucus Nigra Black Lace also known as the Common Elder or Black Elder. An ornamental version of the UK native elder perennial, deciduous Sambucus Nigra Black Lace is a hardy perennial that will grow in either sun or shade. This cultivar earned its name due to the very fine feathery foliage that is so dark it is almost black. Black Elder produces very pretty and delicate dark or light pink flowers in summer from July/August and these are followed by dark purple berries. In addition to being decorative, the berries that appear after flowering are loved by birds and this is an important source of food for berry eaters. Both easy on the eyes and great for wildlife! Sambucus Nigra Black Lace is a recipient of the coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit - a sure sign it will perform well in UK gardens.
Height and Spread of Sambucus Nigra Black Lace Fast growing and undemanding, this Black Elder variety can grow to be up to 6 metres in height with a spread of up to 6 metres.
How Hardy is Sambucus Nigra Black Lace A UK native, the striking Sambucus Nigra Black Lace is fully hardy in our climate. It will easily withstand temperatures as low as 20 degrees Celsius below zero, and it is fairly resistant to most pests and diseases.
How To Use Sambucus Nigra Black Lace Great for wildlife, easy to grow and to care for and very striking, this Black Elder variety has many advantages that make it popular amongst gardeners. A fantastic cultivar for mixed shrubs and borders, this dark-leaved perennial will add a dramatic touch to any landscape. Additionally, its interesting foliage makes it a great choice for colour specific planting.
How To Care For Sambucus Nigra Black Lace While Sambucus Nigra Black Lace can be grown successfully in full sun or shaded spots, it performs better in sunnier locations as it will bring out the foliage colour. Grow in hummus-rich, moist but well-drained soils. This plant also thrives in chalky soils. Prune Sambucus Nigra hard in early spring to achieve attractive-shaped, bushy plants and prolific flowering in summer.