Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Eva' (PBR)
black elder (syn. Black Lace)
- 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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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
Q:I have a patio, but no garden and wonder if this plant would do well in a large pot.Asked on 21/5/2015 by Gardener from Tunbridge Wells
A:really prefers to be in ground as once planted does not like to be up rootedAnswered on 4/6/2015 by mike from swansea
It can be grown in a really large pot, provided it is kept well fed and watered - although it will be happier when grown in the ground.Answered on 27/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:My Sambucus is usually beautiful. The leaves are starting to come but seem to be v dry and brittle and v stunted in growth. I wondered what to doAsked on 17/5/2015 by Worried from Nantwich,Cheshire
Most parts of the country have had an unusually dry spring and this has caused a lot of plants to be a stunted and dry. Therefore, I would make sure the plant gets loads of water and a little general purpose fertiliser and hopefully it should pick up.Answered on 29/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:I dug up my sambucus nigra from its previous spot because it was shady and ctowded and clearly was not thriving. I have planted it a very large pot with drainage material at the base using a good multi purpose compost and placed it in a spot where it gets more but not continous sun.It is now apparently even unhappier with no shoots at all. Have I killed it?Asked on 23/4/2015 by Shirley from Herefordshire
It is difficult to say without seeing it, but lifting and moving plants can sometimes do more harm than good if they suffer from root damage. The only thing you can do now is make sure that it is not planted too deeply and gently scrape the bark with your fingernail - if it is green just below the bark then it is still alive.Answered on 5/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Hi - I have a Sambucas nigra and this year I have dug it up to move it. When I dug it out there wasn't much soil around the roots and although I have potted it up in good compost, it has just wilted completely. It's been over a week now and there is no sign of it recovering. Shall I cut it back hard to the base - will it have more chance of shooting again if I do this? Thank you.Asked on 22/4/2015 by Mrs B from United Kingdom
If the roots have been damaged when moving it, then it may be touch and go I'm afraid. It will help if you cut it back a little, but you will need to be patient too. Just make sure it is kept well watered, keep your fingers crossed and in time it may rally.Answered on 5/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
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