Elderberry - Our Plants - Kaw Valley Greenhouses


Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'



  • Limited supply
  • Upright growth habit
  • Deciduous shrub
  • Yummy berries can be used for jam or wine!

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Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' displays intense purple-black , lacy foliage with creamy pink flowers in spring and blackish red berries in the fall which can be harvested for making wine and jam. Elderberry is very cold hardy, easy to grow, and adaptable to most sites. For the best color plant in full sun. Fantastic planted en masse for a trouble free high hedge, as an accent, or incorporated in a border. Left alone it will reach up to 8 feet in height, but can also be pruned back each year to fit into more formal settings. Best in moist soil although will tolerate dry soils. Thrives under acid or alkaline soils. Best if pruned immediately after blooming. Plants set flower buds the summer prior to blooming. Fertilize in early spring with a slow release fertilizer for trees and shrubs. According to the Humane Society of American Sambucus leaves, bark, roots, and buds can be toxic to pets.

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Bloom Color:


Foliage Color:

Almost Black

Hardiness Zone:

4 - 7


72-96 inches


48-60 inches

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