Black Lace® Elderberry
An Award-winning Replacement for Japanese Maple
Black Lace Elderberry (Sambucus nigra 'Eva' P.P.) is a beautiful breakthrough in classic Elderberries. Elderberries are usually grown as large shrubs or small trees. They typically have bright green leaves, white flowers and are specially grown for their black berries which are used to make Elderberry wine and jams. Black Lace turns that vision on its head.
Instead of broad green foliage, the intense, dark purple (almost black) foliage of Black Lace is finely cut. This makes it look very similar to an expensive Japanese Maple Tree, with a couple of added benefits. In summer, creamy pink flowers cover the shrub and shine against the deep leaf color. In fall, the flowers give way to edible deep red berries that can be used like typical elderberries, in wines and jams. If you leave them on the plant your garden will be rewarded by the birds that will come to take them off of your hands.
Black Lace works in almost any soil except extremely dry ones. It love wet soils and is great in a rain garden setting. It only reaches to 8’ high so it can fit into any garden, but you can prune it to any height you like. It makes a great hedge or foundation plant. Try it as a specimen plant or small tree.
Named “best New Plant” of 2006, you can’t go wrong with this great shrub. Nature Hills sells only top quality, strong shrubs that you will enjoy in your garden for years to come.
* Dramatic foliage color
* Edible fall berries
* Summer flowers
|Botanical Name||Sambucus nigra 'Eva'|
|Foliage||Dark Purple to Black|
|Mature Height||6 - 8 feet|
|Mature Spread||6 - 8 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Sun|