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Black Lace® Elderberry Sambucus nigra

(69 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Fall
Mature Size
96" 96"
Height
72 - 96"
Spread
72 - 96"

This plant is hardy in zones 4 - 7

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

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  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
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    Features

    Black Lace® elderberry is a perfectly stylish addition to your landscape.

    Intense purple black foliage is finely cut like lace, giving it an effect similar to that of Japanese maple. Indeed, some designers are using it in place of more sensitive plants since Black Lace is extremely durable and adaptable. Pink flowers in early summer contrast with the dark leaves for a stunning effect and give way to black berries if a compatible pollinator is planted nearby. Awards: Silver Medal, Royal Boskoop Horticulture Society.

    Top reasons to grow Black Lace® elderberry:

    - unique lacy black foliage is unlike anything else in the landscape

    - pink flowers in early summer look chic against the black foliage

    - tough and adaptable plant grows in a range of challenging conditions

     

    Best Seller
    Produces Berries
    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest
    Attracts: 
    Birds
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    72 - 96 Inches
    Spacing: 
    84 - 108 Inches
    Spread: 
    72 - 96 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Shade: 
    Pink
    Foliage Colors: 
    Purple
    Foliage Shade: 
    Black/Purple
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Moderate
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    This beautiful, versatile shrub works in just about any landscape setting or as a potted shrub on the patio. Good in groupings or masses, or perennial and shrub borders. Makes a nice specimen or screen. Good in wet soils.

    PLEASE NOTE: To produce berries, you'll need a Black Beauty®, Instant Karma®, or Laced Up® elderberry as a pollinator

    Maintenance Notes: 

    According to the Humane Society of America, elderberry can be toxic to pets if consumed.

    Best in moist soil although will tolerate dry soils. Thrives under acid or alkaline soils. Best if pruned immediately after blooming. May be pruned to the ground each year and grown like a perennial. Fertilize in early spring by applying a granular fertilizer formulated for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application.

    The color on Black Lace elderberry is best in cool climates; in hot areas, it may grow primarily green foliage.

    Black Lace® Sambucus nigra 'Eva' USPP 15,575, Can 2,633
  • 69 Reviews

    • I've grown these for years and was surprised to see the reviews that indicated that the plant has struggled in zones 5 or less. We are growing it in a Zone 4b and it has thrived, and as well I've sold it to customers in a zone 3b, higher up in the mountains, and it has thrived up there as well. Overall, it has been very easy to care for and has several uses. I've grown it in areas where it gets no pruning and it can get large and it's absolutely beautiful. I'm also growing it as a 4' hedge where I cut it back to 10" tall each winter and it'll grow to around 4' tall every summer. And we have one that we've pruned the lower branches off of to make it look more like a small tree. Great plant. Has thrived in our high pH (pH of 8) and has tolerated our native, heavy clay soils well.

      The Gardening Moose
      Utah
      United States
      2 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • I planted two of these nearly two years ago. One has grown larger each year, a good 4-5x's bigger, but the other grew at half the rate. I think the difference was the smaller one was planted very close to a black walnut tree. The larger one is thriving, very beautiful.

      Marcia
      Missouri
      United States
      15 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • Planted north facing beside our porch 6 years ago and has been beautiful ever since. Very showy, hearty plant. Has grown much taller than we even expected but took a hardy but back very well last year.

      Candace E Cronin
      Ontario
      Canada
      16 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • I planted two four years ago in SE WI - zone 5/6 and they struggled after the first winter. We also have a deer problem and they have their way with them each late winter/early spring. This spring, I do not think they are alive anymore. They kept getting smaller each year. Love their look but they cannot grow here.

      Barb B.
      Wisconsin
      United States
      25 weeks ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • I purchased five of these and only three survived the first winter (zone 5a). What I found interesting is that the garden center where I purchased them said he had heard these had a tough time surviving in our zone and would get smaller and struggle each year, if they survived at all. I found that odd since they are hardy to zone 4. But it seems he was correct. I purchased them anyway because of the way they look and I wanted elderberries. Fast forward to the second season and the 3 remaining plants and they barely have one stem each. I was so excited for these plants but they truly disappointed. I am a avid gardener (over 30 years) used to do professional landscaping and used to own a garden center but I could not grown these in my zone. I am guessing these will not survive the winter.

      Melissa S
      Michigan
      United States
      1 year ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • Did not last long, I followed the instructions on how to grow, and it failed to thrive, has not rebloomed any leaves this year, and I am unsatisfied , and unhappy.

      Jen
      Canada
      1 year ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • I live in Scotland and this plant performs really well, considering our sometimes bad winters. This is the second time I have purchased "Black Lace" as we moved home and I had to leave my original one. I also have "Black Lady and a really beautiful Sambucas Sutherlands Gold. The Black Lace sits beside the Sutherlands Gold and the foliage of both intermingle with great effect as both have the lacy foliage.

      Jenni Rutherford
      United Kingdom
      5 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • With the lime green new growth and soft pink flowers, this dark plant is one of my favorites in the garden. I have planted roses nearby to compliment the pink. I love the look.

      Emily Bell
      5 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • Bought this plant 2 or 3 years ago because it was supposed to be an ideal plant for our site ( windy, exposed ). There is no argument that sambucus nigra is absolutely stunning and beautiful. We did enjoy its performance those first years and it did remarkably well. However, I ended up pulling it out this year because it was doing absolutely nothing after a very harsh winter. There were only dead branches and the buds never swelled as they had before in the spring. It is apparently not as cold hardy as promised on the label.?

      Monika Ketchum
      New York
      United States
      5 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • Leaves have the look of a japanese maple but on the darker side, fast growing, and produces clumps of small flowers. An eye catcher for anyone passing by. Highly recommended and low maintenance.

      Annette Toulouse
      Canada
      5 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
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