Black Tower™ Elderberry

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This Black Tower™ Elderberry PP23633 (Sambucus nigra 'Eiffel 1') will be the new talk of the town with its enchanting colors and unique narrow upright form. The large, serrated leaves emerge light green and age to this deep purple, almost black color!

The foliage is only the start of the incredible beauty too! Early into the summer, you will be surprised by the captivating big pink flat-topped flowers that are followed by incredible, shiny black berry clusters in the fall. Quite the package deal!

Anywhere in your landscaping that you need color and ornamental features, this Black Tower™ Elderberry will do the trick to turn your landscaping around! The flowers are highly sought-after by pollinators and beneficial insects and those berries, while edible by humans, are best left for your hungry songbirds!

Elderberry is partially self-pollinating but when paired with other Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) plants will produce more edible fruit. Growing throughout a wide range of conditions in USDA planting zones 4 to 8, reaching about 6-8 feet tall but just 3-4 feet wide, creating a vertical punctuation mark of dramatic dark leaves!

Planting and Application:

Using this shrub in mass plantings will be the new "wow factor" in your landscaping! You will rake in so many compliments about this spectacular Black Tower™ Elderberry! Use rows as space-saving backdrops that light up everything else planted before them, in your chic Cottage garden, Rock garden, or even a Rain Garden where they will appreciate the higher moisture!

Even in large planters, the columnar form makes Black Tower™ an incredible addition as a specimen shrub too. Try lining your driveway with potted or in-ground Black Tower™ Elderberries or creating evenly spaced drama along a pathway! They mix and match with other dark-foliage plants beautifully!

Add Black Lace® or Black Beauty® Elderberry behind, and other dark foliage plants for a high and low-tiered hedge along the front of your home's property for a property-defining display that will slow traffic! Or go bold and instead use Lemony Lace® Elderberry for a contrasting chartreuse backdrop! Can you imagine a more high-style form of edible landscaping?

Imagine a privacy hedge of these narrow black-leafed shrubs lining your pathway or separating your property from the neighbors! A single shrub on either corner of your home or standing astride the entrance to your front steps or garden gate takes curb appeal to the next level!

  • Rich Red-Black Unique Foliage
  • Unique Vertical Columnar Form!
  • Captivating Big Pink Summer Flowers
  • Pollinator Friendly & Berries For Humans & Birds
  • Incredible Shiny Black Berries
  • Jaw-Dropping Specimen Shrub, Narrow Hedges, Container Thriller & Accents

#ProPlantTips for Care:

You will want to plant in full sun for the most flowers and the richest color! Plant in enriched, well-drained soil for the best growth possible. Provide regular moisture access during their first year, not allowing them to dry out between waterings and providing a 3-4 inch deep layer of arborist mulch. Once established, these deciduous shrubs only need supplemental moisture during prolonged heat and excess drought situations.

Keep your Elderberry looking nice and spiffy with a trim every year as soon as the flowers have faded. Your shrub will appreciate the clean-up! In late winter or early spring you can remove any of the dead or weakened stems, or shortening up any that are too tall can be done, but they bloom on last year's wood so we don't take too much. 

If your plant ever gets too overgrown it can easily be completely rejuvenated by cutting all stems down to the ground and letting it start over but when this is done, it will not bloom that year.

  • Full Sun Shrub
  • Adaptable to Most Soils
  • Needs Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune After Flowering - Blooms On Old Wood
  • Pest & Disease Resistant

Let the Black Tower™ Columnar Elderberry work its magic in your landscaping so that you can sit back and just enjoy its beauty. This Elderberry will be sure to sell fast, so order your very own today at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Black Tower™ Elderberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Botanical Name Sambucus nigra 'EIFFEL 1'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes
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