The Sambucus 'Black Lace' is known for its distinctive foliage which is a dramatic, almost black shade. Set against the black of the leaves are delightful small clusters of creamy pink flowers that appear in the summer months from May to June. This striking contrast makes the Black Lace a great ornamental tree for your garden.
The pink flowers are followed in autumn by red-black berries which will attract an abundance of insects and birds, bringing movement and sound into your garden. The berries are edible and can be used to make delicious jellies, jams, syrups or a refreshing cordial. In autumn the black leaves turn to a deep wine-red colour.
The Black Lace is hardy and thrives in most garden soils. It will grow in sun or partial shade and withstands frost and wind damage. It can be grown as a small tree to a height of about 3m or can be kept pruned to a large shrub or about 2m. Prune in early spring for best results.
Black Lace Elders planted in a row create a dramatic hedge or patio boundary. Use as a backdrop to golden-leafed plants to create an oriental-style garden. Grown alone or in groups, this unique tree adds a touch of glamour to any garden.
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