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Sambucus nigra porphyrobphylla 'Black Lace'- Shrub

  • Catalogue Code 5140-5123
  • Pack Contents: 1x 3L Potted Shrub

Sambucus nigra porphyrobphylla ‘Black Lace’ (synonym Sambucus ‘Eva’). Commonly called black elder, these dark-leaved shrubs make a dramatic statement in beds and borders. The finely cut black foliage is the perfect foil for its sprays of pink flowers that appear in early summer. These are followed in autumn by dark, red-black berries.


Grow Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ in fertile, moist but well drained soils. The foliage keeps its dark colour best when shrubs are grown in full sun.



Dig a hole large and deep enough to take the plant’s root ball.

Gently tap the plant out of its pot without disturbing the soil around the roots.

Position the plant at the bottom of the hole so the plant’s crown is level with the surface and sits at the same depth as it was in the pot; make sure the roots are in direct contact with the soil.

Backfill with the excavated soil and firm in gently. Water to settle the soil around the roots.


Shrubs are easy-care plants getting better every year with the minimum of fuss.

Watering: Water regularly in the first few weeks after planting and then make sure the plants are kept moist in dry spells.

Feeding:  Give shrubs a boost with a handful of granular feed hoed into the soil in spring.

Pruning:  Prune Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ hard back to the base in early spring to encourage lots of fresh new foliage with the best colour. On established plants cut out any congested stems.


  • Height 2m/7ft
  • Flowers June
  • Supplied in a 3 litre pot
2m / 78in


  • Hardy Perennial - sow indoors or on a seedbed (April-June); transplant later to flower for many seasons
  • Attracts Bees
  • Will flower well in full sun

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