Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Eva' (PBR)
black elder (syn. Black Lace)
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Never under estimate the power of foliage and the lacy black leaves on this shrub would shine out close to the silver-green foliage of buddlejas or phlomis
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of Growth: average
- Flowering period: June
- Flowers: pale pink
- Other features: almost black, dissected leaves and blackish red berries in autumn
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This recent introduction has almost black, dissected foliage and from May to June pale pink, musk-scented blooms emerge from beautiful creamy-pink buds. It makes an excellent shrub for all styles of gardens and has the added bonus of having blackish-red berries in autumn which are attractive to birds and when ripe can be used to make a wonderful wine. For best foliage colour grow it in full sun, otherwise it can fade to a greenish-bronze.
- Garden care: To achieve the best foliage effect cut back to ground level each year in early spring and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.
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Q:Is it too late to prune my Black Beauty its looking very leggy?Asked on 22/4/2016 by Gemii from Warwickshire
Yes, it is very late, however you could probably still get away with it if you do it soon.Answered on 25/4/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:will this plant be invasive like elder with the white flowers which has both an upright and forming habit? Love the shrub but don't want the problems I have had with elderAsked on 19/3/2016 by Linda from mid-norfolk
No, this is a much better behaved plant than the common elder.Answered on 21/3/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:I have a black elder plant (Black Lace). I am not concerned about how tall it will grow as the said 3 metres is fine, but can I cut it back its width without preventing flowers?Asked on 3/3/2016 by cutsey from carmarthanshire
If you prune in early spring, those stems that you have cut back probably won't flower that year.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 4/3/2016 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:hi - my sambucus nigra doesn't flower anymore; any ideas why this might be? Thank you.Asked on 6/12/2015 by NoviceGardener from Surrey
There could be a number of reasons why you sambucus doesn't flower, such as not getting enough sun/light, lack of or too much water, lacking in nutrients or pruning at the wrong time. If you are cutting it back hard in the spring to encourage new strong foliage, then this will be at the expense of the flowers.
Hope this helps.Answered on 9/12/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
I would like to buy a sambucus nigra, but I am not sure which one to get. I have got a well drained soil in a sunny spot.I am looking for a plant that looks almost black and can also be pruned to shape during the growing season. Which one shall I get, Eva, Gerda or Black Tower? Flower colour and shape of leaves don't matter. Regards, RayAsked on 6/10/2015 by Ray from Dudley, West Midlands
These plants will grow in full sun or light shade, however the leaves do tend to become greener when they are grown in shadier spots. They can all be quite hard in early spring and as for which produces the darkest foliage colour (in a sunnier spot), I think it is a close call between 'Gerda' and 'Eva' - please click on the links below to go straight to them.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/sambucus-nigra-f-porphyrophylla-eva/classid.2000004449/Answered on 7/10/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:is this an evergreen plant? I also have a sambcus Sutherland gold - is this evergreen?Asked on 24/9/2015 by thathi from norfolk
No both of these plants are deciduous.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 25/9/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:My Sambucus nigra was covered in early May with black fly. It produced some flowers but these have all dropped along with a lot of the leaves. Should I prune it back now and will it recover next year?Asked on 2/8/2015 by walker from Berkshire
These plants have finished flowering now, so I would not be concerned about them, but if it is shedding lots of leaves, then that is a concern. At this stage you should try to improve the growing conditions, so make sure it is kept really well watered and give it a light feed. Then in early spring next year you can cut it back quite hard.Answered on 6/8/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:what does greenwood cutting meanAsked on 6/7/2015 by jan from rochford,essex
Greenwood cuttings are similar to softwood cuttings, but as they are just taken a little later in the season (usually from late spring to early or midsummer), they have a slightly firmer stem.Answered on 13/7/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:When can cuttings be taken from this plant?Asked on 28/6/2015 by yoofs from glasgow
You could take hardwood cuttings in winter or green-wood cuttings in early summer.Answered on 1/7/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Is there a particular tiome of year to plant a Sambuca?Asked on 11/6/2015 by SandyR from Harpenden
The best times to plant are spring or autumn, but you can plant in midsummer if you make sure it is kept well watered, or winter if the ground is not frozen or waterlogged.Answered on 15/6/2015 by Helen from crocus
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