Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla Black Tower ('Eiffel 1') (PBR)

2 litre pot £21.99
available to order from late summer
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Buy Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla Black Tower ('Eiffel 1') (PBR) black tower elder: Good height, but not too spreading

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This tall and slender deciduous shrub is primarily grown for its foliage, which emerges green in spring, but (if exposed to lots of sun) will soon turn a deep burgundy colour. In early summer, the stems are crowned with big, flattened sprays of lightly perfumed, small pink flowers. It makes a dramatic stand-alone statement, and is useful for adding contrast and interest to the shrub border. 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 mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.

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Beautiful plant and a good size too


A really lovely plant which I'm hoping will become a real feature in my garden as it grows




Spectacular colour when behind a yellow evergreen


Arrived as a little shrub and seems to have struggled to settle in. It's very slow growing unlike other varieties. It's in acid soil in semi shade in an area of the garden not previously cultivated so needed a little extra tlc.





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Is this as attractive to birds as the other sambucus you have?


Hello, Yes the birds love the berries of these plants, and as this one produces berries just like the rest, the birds should flock to it.


Sambucus - flat-topped and glorious

Certain shrubs slot into the border with ease, partly because their flowers resemble herbaceous perennials. The elders (Sambucus) may not sound exciting, but they shouldn’t be confused with our roadside native. There are dark-leaved forms with finely cut

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